Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body

13 Mar 2020 – 3 Jan 2021

Exhibition in Galleries 1, 2, 3 and 4

Explore this exhibition virtually though our online tour, watch video discussions with the artist, dive deeper with our research events, or try your hand at creative activities inspired by the exhibition.

Discover Paloma Varga Weisz’s enchanting figurative sculpture, made using traditional techniques, including woodcarving and ceramics.

Spanning over twenty years, work from throughout her career is on display. The exhibition features a diverse cast of characters; from early works such as Wilde Leute (Wild Bunch), a series of ceramics that take the form of fantastical creatures, to later pieces such as Beulenmann (Bumpman) and the fragmented body of Waldfrau (Women of the Forest).

The exhibition also includes over forty of her watercolours and drawings which present a world of masquerades, disguises and role reversals. Paloma Varga Weisz’s starting point for this poetic and narrative work is often her own life experiences, yet it also reflects wider themes of identity, societal ‘norms’ and historical stereotyping.

Growing up in Germany, her artist father was a major influence on her future artistic career. She was classically trained, learning woodcarving and modelling in Bavaria, before studying in Düsseldorf, where she lives and works today.

Paloma Varga Weisz in conversation with Laurence Sillars

While the gallery is closed, join Paloma and curator Laurence Sillars for a series of video conversations on a range of topics, including their experiences installing the exhibition and having to close it just five days later.

Episode Two is now out, in which Paloma and Laurence talk about Bumpman, the history and ideas behind the sculpture and how, sitting outside the Institute while we are closed, he has become a symbol of our time.

Watch all episodes here


Virtual tour

While our galleries are closed, take a virtual tour of Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body with insights from the exhibition's curator, Laurence Sillars (Head of the Henry Moore Institute).

Curator's tour of the exhibition


Creative activities

We're keen to inspire making in all forms while our galleries are closed, so we've been working with artists to create a series of Art at Home resources, inspired by Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body.

Have a go at drawing challenges, make sculpture from household activities, get ideas for writing poetry, or create your own printed collages in our activities suitable for all ages.

Try out our creative activities


Image gallery

The exhibition Bumped Body is a partnership between Bonnefanten and the Henry Moore Foundation.

Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

Galleries: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Research Library: Monday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Archive of Sculptors' Papers: Tuesday to Friday, by prior appointment