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Events 2015


Paloma Varga Weisz
Glory Hole

Opening: Fr, 3 July 2015, 8 pm

The Salzburger Kunstverein was pleased to present the work of Paloma Varga Weisz as its summer exhibition for 2015. The exhibition was titled Glory Hole and involved a site-specific, sculptural installation by the artist in the Main Hall of the Salzburger Kunstverein.

Paloma Varga Weisz’s sculptures, installations and drawings are characterized by allusions to art history and traditional means of figuration, recasting mythic or iconographic formulae in a distinctive contemporary language. Trained as a wood carver, Varga Weisz creates figures that draw upon a rich source of personal and broader cultural motifs. Her works could be described as compressing multiple references to diverse European arts and crafts, from those of the Middle Ages (woodcarving and polychromy, for example) to the sparing forms and manual procedures of Modernist practices. Meanwhile her work often incorporates a note of surreal fantasy in tandem with its eclectic historical influences, adding a distinctly contemporary tone―especially where we find the artist broaching topical, even taboo subjects.

Glory Hole occupied the Main Hall of the Salzburger Kunstverein, taking the form of a traditional hut from the Austrian countryside. The artist has adjusted and customized this structure by creating an installation within it, including figures she has crafted together with items chosen from the collection of Salzburg’s Haus der Natur. The public could view the interior of this sculptural-installation only by peering through the peep holes on the outer surface of the hut’s walls, in a process that dramatised the interplay of private and public.

Paloma Varga Weisz has presented many exhibitions around the world, including exhibitions at Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels; Sadie Coles HQ, London; Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf and Berlin ; Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; Chapter, Cardiff, Hayward Gallery London. Paloma Varga Weisz (1966, Mannheim) lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Photo: Jürgen Hammerl, Böblingen