Paloma Varga Weisz in Conversation with Laurence Sillars

On 12 March 2020, the exhibition Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body opened at the Henry Moore Institute. Following Government guidelines, in the wake of Covid-19, the Institute closed to visitors on 17 March 2020.

While the gallery is closed, we'll bring you a series of video conversations featuring artist Paloma Varga Weisz and Laurence Sillars, Head of the Henry Moore Institute from their homes in Germany and England.

Episode One

In this episode, Paloma Varga Weisz and Laurence Sillars share their experiences of installing the exhibition, opening it to the public, and how it felt having to close just five days later.

Episode Two

This episode focuses on Paloma Varga Weisz's 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.

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About Paloma Varga Weisz

Paloma Varga Weisz (b. 1966, Mannheim, Germany) lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. She works primarily as a sculptor and as a draughtswoman, producing intricate carvings and small scale, mythical watercolour works. Classically trained in Bavaria, she was taught traditional techniques of woodcarving, modelling and casting before attending art school in Düsseldorf in the 1990s.

Paloma Varga Weisz’s handmade woodcarvings are heavily textured and tactile, and frequently probe traditional approaches towards display. Her figures, both sculptural and illustrated, are often laden with personal and collective motifs, where oddities of form are common fare: anthropomorphic figures, hybrid forms, or figures verging on the grotesque. 

Venue details

Venue address

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

Opening times

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

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