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Surrender 2001

Not on display

'Surrender' is the first work by Viola to enter the Scottish National Modern One's collection. It is a key work from a group of videos known collectively as 'The Passions', which explore extremes of emotion. The theme of 'Surrender' is grief. The two figures break down into uncontrollable tears, gradually lowering their heads until their faces touch the water. But then our image of them becomes distorted and breaks up. In surprise, we realise that what we have been watching all along are reflections not substances. The work is silent and is shown on a pair of plasma screens that sit flat on the wall like a moving painting.


  • Acc. No. GMA 4683
  • Medium Diptych, video on plasma flat panel displays
  • Size Each monitor: 103.00 x 63.00 x 10.80 cm ; each screen size: 92.00 x 53.00 cm ; combined size: 206.50 x 63.00 x 22.50 cm
  • Credit Presented by Anne & Anthony d'Offay through the Art Fund 2003