Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body

This exhibition is postponed until further notice

Exhibition in Galleries 1, 2, 3 and 4

Following Government advice about Coronavirus (Covid-19), this exhibition is currently closed until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Henry Moore Institute as soon as it is safe to do so. Find out more.

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.

Watch this film to find out more about Paloma Varga Weisz as she prepares for the exhibition in her studio.

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In this film, Paloma Varga Weisz talks about growing up in Germany, her artist father and her classical training in woodcarving and modelling, as she prepares for the exhibition.
Video credit: Strictua


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

Venue details

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

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Following Government advice about coronavirus (Covid-19), the Henry Moore Institute is currently closed until further notice.

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