Bill Viola

465 St-Jean Street

October 25, 2017 - March 11, 2018


Opening reception: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30 PM

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art is pleased to present a new solo exhibition, Bill Viola.

With a career now spanning forty years, Bill Viola is recognized internationally as one of the most important artists of our time. His work across single channel video, video installation, sound environments, electronic music performances, and broadcast television deeply examines the universal themes of life, death, the unfolding of consciousness, the spirit, and human connection. His 2014 exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris attracted 300,000 visitors. Recent exhibitions include Yorkshire Sculpture Park, United Kingdom, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and a major retrospective at the Guggenheim/Bilbao.

This exhibition (DHC/ART’s 26th) will feature a selection of works from the 2000s, including monitor works from the Mirage and Transfigurations series, and Inverted Birth (2015), one of his most recent monumental projections. A program of events including an evening of screenings of selected single channel works will accompany this very special exhibition.

Organized in collaboration with the Bill Viola Studio.


Bill Viola (b. 1951) is internationally recognized as one of today’s leading artists. He has been instrumental in the establishment of video as a vital form of contemporary art, and in so doing has helped to greatly expand its scope in terms of technology, content, and historical reach. Viola received his BFA in Experimental Studios from Syracuse University in 1973 where he studied visual art with Jack Nelson and electronic music with Franklin Morris. For 40 years he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances, flat panel video pieces, and works for television broadcast. His video installations—total environments that envelop the viewer in image and sound—employ state-of-the-art technologies and are distinguished by their precision and direct simplicity. Viola has received numerous awards for his achievements, including the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1989), XXI Catalonia International Prize (2009), and the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association (2011).


Bill Viola
Ascension, 2000
Color video projection; stereo sound
Performer: Josh Coxx
Photo: Kira Perov
Courtesy of Bill Viola Studio