Bill Viola and Michelangelo

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John Madejski Fine Rooms tour: Usually 12 noon to 1 PM (Thu-Sat) – Temporary exhibition: 10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun); 10 AM to 10 PM (Fri); Last entry 30 mins before closing
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£20. See royalacademy.org.uk

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This exhibition will explore the affinities between two artists born centuries apart -- Bill Viola and Michelangelo -- both of whom produce beautiful artworks with raw emotional power.

In contrast to the grandeur of his frescoes and sculptures, Michelangelo's drawings can take us even closer to the emotional heart of his work. They were often created as an expression of love, or as a meditative reflection of his own mortality.

When video artist Bill Viola first saw these drawings in an exhibition at Windsor Castle he was taken by the way Michelangelo used a body to convey different emotional states. And although he works in a completely different medium, Viola's work also seeks to capture those same physical extremes and moments of transcendence.

The exhibition will include a selection of Michelangelo's most poignant works, including his drawings of the Crucifixion, as well as his only marble sculpture on display in the UK: the Virgin and Child with the Infant St. John. Viola will be represented by twelve installations, including the five-metre high Tristan's Ascension.

 

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