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Bill Viola: Inner Journey

22 Sept 2021–27 Feb 2022
Bill Viola, Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005.  Kuva: Kira Perov © Bill Viola Studio Amos Rex 2021
Bill Viola, Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005. Photo: Kira Perov © Bill Viola Studio

Bill Viola: Inner Journey

22 Sept 2021–27 Feb 2022

As the title suggests, Inner Journey is a voyage into our selves. American artist Bill Viola (b. 1951) is one of the most acclaimed video and installation artists of our time, with a lengthy career. His epic video art installations, which are at once intimate and vast, both in terms of emotional charge and size, invite the viewer to step into the atmosphere of each work.

The exhibition consists entirely of video works. Sometimes stopping to concentrate on video works can be challenging. In the TASK BANK section, you’ll find tips for your group on how to watch video art and delve into Viola’s world of video installations, which may arouse strong feelings.

The videos range in length from five to more than 30 minutes. It may be a good idea to spread out comfortably to watch some of the works. The museum offers sit-upons and portable chairs, which you may borrow during your visit.

We ask teachers to consider that the exhibition may be somewhat disturbing for sensitive younger visitors. The rooms are dark and some of the works feature loud sounds. The exhibition deals with life’s major questions, such as birth and death. Some works include nudity and in many of them people are shown amid powerful elements such as fire and water.

Teachers who have made group reservations are welcome to visit the exhibition in advance. You can also familiarise yourself with the layout of the exhibition using this map.

Content warnings:
Dimness/darkness, loud sounds, nudity

Task bank

A story (or not?)

On site, after the visit

Video art does not necessarily have a clear beginning or end. Choose a work that in your view lacks a beginning and end, and think up your own story for it. Afterwards, you can read the text about the work and compare your thoughts with those of the artist. Were they similar or did the work make you think of something completely different?

This task can also be done as a group, with everyone taking part in creating the story. Between the rooms containing the works, there are spaces where your group can hold discussions without disturbing other visitors.

Painting in motion

On site

If you’re not used to watching video art, it may seem a bit difficult at first.

Imagine that the work is a painting that moves. What colours does it include? What kinds of shapes? If the movements were brushstrokes, what would they be like? Would the work be done with watercolours, oils or some other technique?

In the museum’s lower lobby, there is a work called Enso by the teamLab art collective, which is like a moving brushstroke on video. You can look at Enso together before entering the exhibition.

Op­pres­sive at­mos­phere

On site, after the visit

Many of Bill Viola’s works have an oppressive atmosphere, which can be difficult to define. Choose one work, or more, and write down everything that affects the mood in the exhibition room. Is the work calming, frightening, distressing or something else entirely? Can you see similarities between Viola’s works and films that you have seen? Does the way you perceive the work vary depending on the filming angle or the soundscape? How about the video’s size and speed? Describe your observations.

You can also secretly observe other museum visitors around you. How are they reacting to the works? Compare with your group your reactions.

Using your senses

On site

Besides moving images, sound is an essential element of Bill Viola’s works. Close your eyes and focus on the work’s sounds. What kind of image appears in your mind when listening? Do you think the video and sound go together, or do they somehow conflict?

Guided tours

Bill Viola, Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), 2005.

Hosted visit

Reserve an activating tour of the Inner Journey exhibition for your group.

On this tour, we take an internal journey and ponder the exhibition’s central themes through tasks and discussions. During the tour, we’ll delve into a few works together with a guide and pause to consider life’s great questions. Where do you end and where does art begin?

Length ca. 45 minutes
Languages English, Finnish, Swedish, (Russian, French, Germany, Spanish, Japanese on request)
Group size max. 15 ppl / guide.
Price 50 € (only on weekdays)


Independent visit

Independent visits

Independent group visits are unfortunately not available until further notice, due to the Covid-19 situation.


You can contact us about all group visits and bookings at:

tel. 09 6844 4633
Open Mon, Wed and Thu 1 pm – 4 pm