​New Bill Viola exhibition this summer on the Island of Ibiza

You’ll be able to see two large-scale installations by Bill Viola at La Nave Salinas, Ibiza this summer. The exhibition space, inaugurated in 2015, specialises in international contemporary art and is adjacent to the Ses Salines Natural Park.


Two of the artist’s most acclaimed works, Fire Woman and Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), can be enjoyed this summer on the Balearic Island. Opening to the public on June 21st the exhibition will be on view until September 30th at La Nave Salinas.


«Art is, for me, the process of trying to wake up the soul. Because we live in an industrialized, fast-paced world that prefers that the soul remains asleep.»

– Bill Viola


In collaboration with Bill Viola and the Bill Viola Studio, Fire Woman and Tristan’s Ascension will be presented on a 22-foot high screen inside a space completely closed off from the outside and together with a 4.1 sound system, will envelop the viewer in a transformative experience. These installations, on loan courtesy of Bill Viola Studio, were created in 2005 as part of a new production by Peter Sellars of Richard Wagner’s opera Tristan and Isolde. Lio Malca chose these works carefully. He notes:


«I have always been a great admirer of Bill Viola’s work. From the first moment I entered La Nave, I have always visualized that one day his work would be projected on a large scale. This year that dream will become a reality; two of the most important works by the master Viola will be shown in Ibiza.».


Bill Viola describes his works:

Fire Woman is an image seen in the mind’s eye of a dying man.  The darkened silhouette of a female figure stands before a wall of flame.  After several minutes, she moves forward, opens her arms, and falls into her own reflection. When the flames of passion and fever finally engulf the inner eye, and the realization that desire’s body will never again be met blinds the seer, the reflecting surface is shattered and collapses into its essential form—undulating wave patterns of pure light.

Format: Video/sound installation Duration: 11:12 minutes 2005 Performer: Robin Bonaccorsi


Tristan’s Ascension describes the ascent of the soul in the space after death as it is awakened and drawn up in a backwards-flowing waterfall. The body of a man is seen lying on a stone slab in an empty concrete room. Small drips of water become visible as they leave the ground and fall upward into space. What starts as a light rain soon becomes a roaring deluge, and the cascading water jostles the man’s limp body and soon brings him to life. His arms move of their own accord and his torso arches upward amidst the churning water. Finally, his entire body rises off the slab and is drawn up with the rushing water, disappearing above. The torrent of water gradually subsides, and the drips decrease until only the empty slab remains, glistening on the wet ground. The image sequence is projected onto a tall, vertically oriented screen mounted on the wall.

Format: Video/sound installation Duration: 10:16 minutes 2005 Performer: John Hay



“Bill Viola in La Nave Salinas” may be visited from June 21 to September 30. Free Admission.


La Nave Salinas, Carrer La Canal 2 12-13?07830 Sant Josep de Sa Talaia (Ibiza)? info@liomalca.com


Photo: Vitorino