Curatorial Conceptualism: Bill Viola and Michelangelo…

Curatorial Conceptualism

Bill Viola and Michelangelo: Life Death Rebirth at Royal Academy of Arts London

Well, call me an old sceptic – and yes, I have read the (largely positive) reviews and seen the show – but for me this juxtaposition is just a bridge too far. Don’t get me wrong, I adore both Bill Viola and Michelangelo for their respective and Herculean contributions to our shared western artistic heritage. But, as a spectator I feel not a little manipulated for: a) being obliged to go, for fear I would be missing out, and b) wanting to see just how daft curatorial permutations could get. read on…

Picture credit: Bill Viola, Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall)’, 2005. Video/sound installation. Performer: John Hay. © Courtesy Bill Viola Studio. © Photo: Kira Perov.


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