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Royal Academy of Arts
Bill Viola / Michelangelo

The Royal Academy of Arts is staging its first significant video art show displaying works by one of the giants of the genre, Bill Viola.

The exhibition will bring together 12 video installations by Viola, once described as “a Rembrandt for the video age”, with the added twist of them being shown alongside Renaissance pieces by Michelangelo.

Viola is a superstar of video art, making large, mesmerising, slow-motion works which are as moving as they are beautiful. His work is owned by some of the world’s leading galleries including Tate Modern and MoMA and his interest in spirituality and religion led to St Paul’s Cathedral commissioning him to create two permanent installations.

This exhibition at the Royal Academy, entitled ‘Life Death Rebirth’, explores the affinities between Bill Viola and Michelangelo, and is conceived as an immersive journey through the cycle of life.

Opens from 26th January until 31st March, for details see The Royal Academy


Tate Modern Exhibition
Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer

American artist Jenny Holzer presents statements that can provoke strong responses. Whether encountered on city streets or in art galleries, Holzer’s work asks us to consider the words and messages that surround us. Her art takes many forms, including stone benches, projections, signs, posters, paintings, plaques and textiles. Words are central to her work, whether pasted on a wall, flickering from an electronic sign, carved in granite or stitched in wool.

At Tate Modern until 7th July, for further details see Tate Modern

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