Bill Viola at the Teatro Real and at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando

En español

The stage director Peter Sellars and the videoartist Bill Viola collaborate in the production of Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde currently being performed at the Teatro Real (Madrid).

Both Sellars and Viola had repeatedly paid attention in the last few years to the fascinating and thought-provoking subjects of the emotions,  the individual and affective memory, and the search for continuity from the European aesthetic traditions to the most innovative currents in the fields of performance and videoart.

On top of this, the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando presents the exhibition Bill Viola en Diálogo, where visitors will contemplate several video- installations on the subject of emotion interspersed within the stable collection of this Madrilenian museum. It will thereby be possible to appreciate the relationship between artistic currents and material works which respond, nevertheless, to a very similar affective rhetoric.

Dolorosa (2000) © Bill Viola More on emotions, memory, identity, opera and Europe at:

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