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

Spanning over twenty years, work from her entire career is on display. The exhibition features a diverse cast of characters, from early works such as Wild Bunch, a series of ceramics that take the form of fantastical creatures, to later pieces such as Bumpman.

The exhibition also includes over 40 of her watercolours and drawings which present a world of masquerade, disguise and role reversal. Paloma Varga Weisz’s starting point for her poetic, narrative work is often her own life experiences, yet it also reflects wider themes of identity, society 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.

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


Henry Moore Institute

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

0113 246 7467


Opening times

Galleries Tues – Sun 10am–5pm

Research Library Tues – Fri 10am–5pm

Archive open by appointment

Closed Bank Holidays

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