A new work by Bill ViolaSelf Portrait, Submerged will be shown at the Uffizi in San Piero Scheraggio, Florence from 16th – 22nd December 2013. The work depicts the artist immersed underwater in a state of peace and as ripples pass across his body, the work is subtly animated.

After December 22nd 2013, the work will be moved to the Vasari Corridor as a part of the Uffizi’s permanent collection. The Vasari Corridor is a long, raised passageway that connects the Palazzo Vecchio, in Piazza della Signoria, with Palazzo Pitti, on the other side of the river Arno. It passes through and along some of Florence’s most important landmarks, such as the Uffizi galleries, the Ponte Vecchio and the Boboli Gardens. It was designed and built in 1564 by Giorgio Vasari, to allow Cosimo de Medici and the rest of the Florentine elite to walk safely through the city.

The passageway contains over 1000 paintings, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as an important collection of self-portraits by some of the most famous masters of painting from the 16th to the 20th century, including, Filippo Lippi, Rembrandt, Velazquez, Delacroix and Ensor.

The Amici degli Uffizi have secured the acquisition of this work. The non-profit organisation works to promote cultural and educational activities which enhance public awareness and appreciation of the Uffizi Gallery and they have also played a fundamental role in opening the museum’s collection to contemporary art. The acquisition of the work was sponsored by The Friends of Uffizi. 

For more information about the Uffizi Gallery, please click here.

Other Bill Viola news in Italy; The Raft, 2004 will be exhibited towards the end of this year at the Palazzo Te in Mantua (23rd November - 20th February) as part of a cycle of exhibitions entitled La Casa degli Dei (The House of Gods).