This summer Bill Viola’s work can be seen as part of HÖHENRAUSCH - a unique annual exhibition which sees the attics and rooftops in the ancient city of Linz become daring new spaces for contemporary art. This year’s theme for the exhibition is Different Angels, a reference to both the Biblical liminal beings and the separated part of ourselves or ‘inner voice’. First shown in the museum-scale exhibition Frustrated Actions and Futile Gestures at Blain|Southern London, Viola’s diptych Man with His Soul (2013) presents the viewer with a man sitting on a chair, waiting. The left hand screen – in high-definition video – depicts his conscious self, while the right – shot in grainy black and white – portrays his soul, his inner being; a juxtaposition of physical and psychological realities.
This month also sees Viola’s Inverted Birth (2014), presented for the first time in Los Angeles. It will be featured in two special performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic where Conductor Gustavo Dudamel shares his love of Wolfgang Mozart and Arvo Pärt in a festival that places their music side by side.
MOZART & PÄRT: THE ANGELS is at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles on 26 and 27 May 2016.
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