Bill ViolaNantes Triptych 1992

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Artist
Bill Viola (born 1951)
Title
Nantes Triptych
Date 1992
MediumVideo, 3 projections, colour and sound (stereo)
Dimensionsduration: 29 min., 46 sec.
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation and from the Art Fund 1994
Reference
T06854
Not on display

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Purchased with assistance from the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation and from the National Art Collections Fund 1994
T06854

The Nantes Triptych was originally conceived as a commission for the Centre National des Arts Plastiques in France, to be shown in a 17th century chapel in the Musée des Beaux Arts in Nantes in 1992. Viola has taken the form of the triptych, traditionally used in Western art for religious paintings, to represent, through the medium of video, his own contemporary form of spiritual iconography. The three panels of Viola's triptych show video footage of birth (on the left), death (on the right) and a metaphorical journey between the two represented by a body floating in water (in the centre). The footage used was not originally shot for this particular project… (read more)

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