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Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body

gallery space with two display cabinets, a table and 2 model buildings
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1 Sep 2020 - 3 Jan 2021

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Henry Moore Institute

74 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AH

The Henry Moore Institute will reopen this exhibition to the public on Tuesday 1 September 2020, after a temporary closure of more than five months due to Covid-19. Booking is required, please visit the 'Book Tickets' link below.

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.

This exhibition is a partnership between Bonnefanten and the Henry Moore Foundation.

Image Info: Installation shot of Paloma Varga Weisz, Bumped Body at the Henry Moore Institute. Photo Stefan Hostettler

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During this period of social distancing and lockdown due to Coronavirus we advise that you check directly with the organiser of this event that it is going ahead as publicised.

To manage the number of visitors so that everyone can enjoy the Galleries, Research Library and Archive at a safe distance, we have introduced a pre-booking system.

To ensure Covid safety, we’ve capped visitor numbers, so you can always book the whole place out for you and your friends and get a completely exclusive view of the exhibition… The Library and Archive is ready to book now too.

Full details about tickets can be found here / tickets can be booked from via the link above.

  • Wheelchair access

There is an accessible lift to the galleries and reception area from Cookridge Street, and a passenger lift to all floors of the Institute.

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