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Bill Viola_Encounter

2020.10.21 – 2021.4.4
Bill Viola

The Quintet of the Astonished 2000 Installation view

In 2019, the Busan Museum of Art inaugurated ‘Lee Ufan and His Friends’ as part of its annual project. The project aims to use Space Lee Ufan as a venue for introducing artists who share the art-historical significance with LeeUfan.

Going Forth By Day 2002 Installation view

In 2020, the museum presents Bill Viola as the artist of the project ‘Lee Ufan and His Friends.’
As two artists encounter in this exhibition, artworks that have common keywords with Lee Ufan will be displayed at Space Lee Ufan, and Bill Viola’s significant works will be shown independently in the museum.

Going Forth By Day 2002 Installation view

A total of sixteen works, ranging from his major works in the early 1970s to recent large-scale video installations, are on display in the exhibition. Viola’s works share the interpretive possibility with Lee Ufan’s works in that they attempted to discover ‘the relationship between man and the world and the essential structure of existence.’ On display in Space LeeUfan are his early works Migration (1976), The Reflecting Pool (1977-79), and Chott el-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat) (1979). Exhibited in the main gallery of the museum are works produced in 1990-2000’s, such as The Greeting (1995), which was presented in the 1995 Venice Biennale, Martyrs (2014), a series which is permanently installed at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Going Forth By Day (2002), a large-scale video installation composed of five video works. While there had been few opportunities to appreciate Bill Viola’s diverse works in a single exhibition, the current exhibition provides an opportunity to see the artist’s major works at once. At the same time, it examines the artistic world of Bill Viola through a holistic approach, providing a ground to experience the artist’s authentic visual language through all senses.

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