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.