Sculpture, History, Curve: Paloma Varga Weisz - online

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Explore the history of the aesthetic, cultural and religious use of limewood in sculpture in this talk by Professor Patricia Allmer.

Curvature is a key motif in Paloma Varga Weisz’s sculpture. It constitutes a distorting and deviating movement – that the artist has called a ‘swerve’. She works in the easy malleable linden (limewood), which was also used by medieval sculptors.

Form and its materiality are intimately linked to Paloma Varga Weisz’s exploration of sculpture’s ‘curvature of space’ (Jean-Luc Nancy). Her work is full of historical resonance that connects to a long tradition of aesthetic, cultural, and religious transformations of linden wood. This tradition was interrupted and rerouted by the events of the Third Reich, and redirected again in Varga Weisz’s sculptures.

Professor Patricia Allmer will explore the various functions of the linden tree in Germanic and Hungarian folklore (traditions in which it is especially prominent), while also tracing the historical contours of Varga Weisz’s use of the material.


Sculpture, History, Curve: Paloma Varga Weisz
Professor Patricia Allmer

Live Discussion

Wednesday 16 December, 6pm

A live discussion in which Professor Allmer will address questions submitted by the audience either live or in advance. This session will take place on Zoom.

Questions for can be submitted in three ways: you can email a question in advance to, reach us on Twitter using the hashtag #HMICurve, or ask questions during the event by using the Chat function on Zoom.

About the speaker

Patricia Allmer is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Edinburgh. She is a leading scholar and curator of surrealism, its modern traditions, and contemporary legacies. Her books include René Magritte (Reaktion Press, 2019) and Lee Miller: Photography, Surrealism, and Beyond (MUP, 2016), and her curatorial projects include Taking Shots: The Photography of William S. Burroughs (2014, The Photographers’ Gallery/Prestel), and Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism (Manchester Art Gallery, 2009, Prestel).

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