Bill Viola

Ibiza, Spain      |      June 21st - September 30th, 2018

One View at La Nave Salinas

Video by Nicolas Faletty

New York art collector Lio Malca is pleased to present two large-scale installations by Bill Viola at La Nave Salinas. The exhibition space, inaugurated in 2015, specializes in international contemporary art and is adjacent to the Ses Salines Natural Park, on the island of Ibiza.


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. We invite you to join us and experience the fascinating world of one of the pioneers of video art and living legend of contemporary art, Bill Viola.

«La Nave Salinas is a perfect place, right on the water’s edge, to present these two works. The sea brings life, but it can also be destructive. The world exists in opposites and here we have it all.» - Bill Viola


 In collaboration with Bill Viola and Bill Viola Studio, La Nave Salinas presents this summer in Ibiza a video art large-scale installation by Bill Viola. The works on display, the video installations Fire Woman and Tristan's Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), are presented on a screen of more than 7 meters inside a massive stone structure at the edge of the sea of 700 square meters and 15 meters high completely closed to the outside, provided with a sound 4.1 system that will envelop the viewer in a transformative experience.


Founded by the art collector Lio Malca in 2015, the artistic venue was originally built in 1941 in the heart of a natural park (Ses Salines), the epicenter of the island's thousand-year-old salt industry. The singular venue is for Bill Viola «a temple for these Works.»


Water and fire, symbols of birth and purification, but also of death and destruction. Fire Woman and Tristan's Ascension represent, in the words of Viola, «the cycle of life, death and rebirth.» Two masterpieces by the pioneer New York artist created in 2005 for the opera Tristan and Isolda by Richard Wagner's which was staged by Peter Sellars in collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and can be enjoyed this summer until September 30th in Ibiza. «I have always been a great admirer of Bill Viola’s work. From the first moment I entered La Nave Salinas, 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.» -states art collector Lio Malca.



Bill Viola

Bill Viola (New York, 1951) is a fundamental artist in the contemporary art world. His works have been exhibited in many museums around the world. He has received numerous recognitions throughout his career. Influenced by artists such as Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik, and Bruce Nauman, Bill Viola approached the emerging universe of video art in the 70s after graduating in Fine Arts from the University of Syracuse.


His work revolves around universal themes such as birth, death, life and transformation that reveal his interests in mystical experiences, especially with Zen philosophy, Christian mysticism and Sufism. Medieval and Renaissance art are also aesthetically present in his work, which often shows a pictorial quality in which sound and music are an essential part of the artistic experience.


Viola uses technology to address deep issues and inherent conditions of humanity with different examples of duality. Life and death, light and darkness, action and calm are constant themes in his work. Works that come from a world that is part of the invisible, a place of interior landscapes, landscapes where time extends to the infinite, where the subtle changes of light create an eternity and where the sound extends beyond the ear. Viola creates a space for meditation, contemplation and, perhaps, even epiphany.

The art works on display

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. Duration: 11:12 minutes. Performer: Robin Bonaccorsi. Format: video/sound installation.



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. Duraction: 10:16 minutes. Performer: John Hay. Format: video/sound installation.


Art collector Lio Malca

Since he embarked in the art world in New York in the early 90s, Lio Malca has been a collector who has enjoyed showing and sharing his art with the public. Specializing in contemporary art from the mid-1960s to the present day, the collection treasures works by artists such as Brody Condon, Hung Chi Peng, Quayola, Mark Ryden, Holton Rower, Zilvinas Kempinas, Royal Art Lodge Group, Andy Warhol, KAWS, Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. With Haring and Basquiat, Lio Malca is considered to be internationally one of the greatest experts, collectors and lenders of his work. In addition to La Nave, Lio Malca has a gallery in Chelsea (NYC) and a hotel in Tulum (Mexico), where his pictorial and sculptural work of his collection is exhibited.


The space La Nave Salinas

The first project this unique space started with was the memorable exhibition by the artist KAWS. In 2016, La Nave Salinas was transformed into a theater to show two 3D audiovisual installations of the artist Marco Brambilla. In 2017, Keith Haring was the protagonist of a monumental exhibition that brought together some of his most iconic and representative pieces. In 2018, La Nave Salinas welcomes one of the most prestigious names of video art, Bill Viola. La Nave Salinas will once again transform itself through an unexpected and surprising large-scale installation.



From June 21 to October 13, 2018

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-10pm.

Free Admission.


La Nave Salinas

Carrer La Canal 2 12-13
07830 Sant Josep de Sa Talaia, Ibiza (Spain)


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