Bill Viola. Electronic Renaissance |Exhibition from 10 March to 23 July 2017

Pieve di San Michele Arcangelo and Bill Viola

In the town that usually hosts Pontormo’s Visitation, now on display in Palazzo Strozzi in dialogue with Bill Viola’s The Greeting, a conference introduces the Florentine exhibition.

Bill Viola said: “No, I hadn’t seen the Visitation. And besides, it was outside Florence, in Carmignano. My encounter with the painting occurred in California. I’d gone to a bookstore and out of the corner of my eye I saw a new book on Pontormo with the Visitation on the jacket. I was struck by the colours. I knew nothing about the picture but I just couldn’t stop looking at it. I bought the book and took it home but I waited for months before picking it up. Finally I opened the book, read it, and was mesmerised by the painter’s ideas and colours. That was how The Greeting was conceived.”

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the greeting


This initiative is part of the project Piccoli Grandi Musei by Fondazione CR Firenze


The challenge facing the Fondazione from the outset has been to bring international quality exhibition and cultural events to Florence and Tuscany.

On the palazzo’s Piano Nobile and in the Strozzina area the Fondazione organises art exhibitions ranging from the art of the ancient world via the Renaissance to the modern and contemporary era.

From: 10 March 2017
To: 23 July 2017


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