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Last entry: 19:30 h




Milà Family’s Apartment

Bill Viola. Miralls de l’invisible

Bill Viola (New York, 1951) is one of the most notable and renowned artists on the international scene. Regarded as a pioneer of video art, he uses sophisticated audiovisual technologies with great mastery to explore and express his constant interest in what it means to be human and in the transitory nature of life.

In his work, Viola addresses universal themes such as birth, death, pain, grief, redemption and the passing of time, clearing the way for the senses to channel feelings and to generate particular moods. In his wordless creations, the image is felt and heard, and stirs and reveals deep emotions. Movement slowed down and looped immerses the viewer in an inner world, exploring in depth fundamental experiences of existence to ‘awaken the soul’. His works, of extraordinary intensity and beauty, are unique and profoundly moving. 

The exhibition «Bill Viola. Mirrors of the Unseen» offers an extensive survey of the career of this artist, who has evolved in tandem with the advances in video technology over the last 40 years. The selection of works includes major pieces from Viola’s early days, such as The Reflecting Pool (1977-1979), to more recent creations, among them Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water), commissioned by St. Paul’s Cathedral in London and inaugurated in 2014.


Route Bill Viola

Concurrently with this presentation in La Pedrera, a number of Viola’s other works will be featured in a series of partner cultural institutions in order to increase the reach of the exhibition, both in the city of Barcelona—the Palau de Música Catalana concert hall and the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house—and elsewhere around the country—the Bòlit, Centre d’Art Contemporani. Girona, Montserrat Museum, the Museu Episcopal de Vic and PLANTA. Fundació Sorigué. 

«I have to come to realize that the most important place where my work exists is not in the museum gallery, or in the screening room, or on the television, and not even on the video screen itself, but in the mind of the viewer who has seen it. In fact, it is only there that it can exist. »
Bill Viola



General entrance fee: 5€

Reduced entrance fee: 3€

Over 65s, students and people with disabilities (33% or more)

Free entry

Children under 12 years of age, members of professional associations (ACCA, AICA, AECA, AMC, ICOM, ICOMOS), people with disabilities (65% or more) and accredited companions.

Bill Viola a La PedreraBill Viola a La Pedrera


Additional information

Special schedule

Closed on December 25th

1 January: special opening hours from 11.00 am to 8.00 pm

· Guided tours in Catalan for the general public

Saturdays at 6.00 pm and Sundays at 12.00 midday (included in the admission charge)

Prior registration not required. Places in the group are filled in order of attendance until full capacity is reached (20 people)

· Group tours (more than ten people) by prior booking only


Arranged by e-mail to or by phoning 93 214 25 80.

Bookings must be made a week in advance.

· Guided tours for school parties

Monday to Friday

Admission: €4 per person

Free admission for teachers (maximum group size: 25 pupils plus two teachers).

Arranged by e-mail to or by phoning 93 214 25 80.

Bookings must be made a week in advance.

· Guided tours in Catalan for groups of adults

Monday to Friday

Admission: €6 per person

Free admission for accompanying adults (maximum group size: 25 people plus two
accompanying adults).

Arranged by e-mail to or by phoning 93 214 25 80.

Bookings must be made a week in advance.

· This exhibition has access resources


Full de sala (grans caràcters en tinta i braille) 


Visites comentades LSC i lectura labial

· Access tours on request by prior booking only by email to or by phoning 93 214 25 69.
Bookings must be made a week in advance.


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