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Paula Rego | Obedience and Defiance

Sat 23 Nov 2019 - Sun 19 Apr 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Full price £11.50 (£10.50 online). Concessions available
25 & under £7.50 (£6.50 online)

The lift at Modern Two is out of order


“An unmissable, lifetime-spanning survey”
The Guardian

Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance is an ambitious retrospective of the Portuguese artist’s work that brings politics to the fore. Spanning Rego’s career from the 1950s through to 2012, the works in this exhibition address António de Oliveira Salazar’s fascist regime, the 1997 referendum on legalising abortion in Portugal, the invasion of Iraq in 2003 by the United States and its allies and, from 2009, female genital mutilation – all of which resonate strongly with contemporary feminist and political issues. Highlights of the exhibition include Dog Woman (1952), Snow White and her Stepmother (1995), The First Mass in Brazil (1993) and Joseph’s Dream (1990). Curated by independent curator Catherine Lampert and organised by MK Gallery (Milton Keynes), the exhibition includes over 60 loans.

An exhibition organised with MK Gallery, Milton Keynes and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Image: Paula Rego, Painting Him Out, 2011. Private Collection. © Copyright Paula Rego, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art.



Ticket Table


Type of ticket Price
Full £10.50
Children (12 & under) £0.00
25 & under £6.50
Students £8.50
Visitors aged 60+ £8.50
Visitors with disabilities £8.50
Carers of visitors with disabilities £0.00
Unemployed / Supported income £8.50
National Art Pass £5.25
National Art Pass concession £4.25


Gallery facilities

The Changing Places toilet is located in the rear car park of Modern One with accessible parking spaces located nearby. The unit is open 9am-5pm, every day, a key is not required.

The lift at Modern Two is currently out of order. There is no stair-free access to the upper level of Modern Two.

A full accessibility guide is available at www.accessibilityguides.org for Modern One and Modern Two.

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Changing places toilet
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Public toilets
  • On-site parking (£2)
  • Disabled parking
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is located 15 minutes’ walk from Princes Street. It includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two, set in a beautiful sculpture park.

In addition to the transport options below there are bike racks at each site and Just Eat Cycle Hire stations nearby.

75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR

Related events

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Lecture or talk

Opening Talk: Paula Rego | Obedience and Defiance


Sat 23 Nov 2019

12 noon - 1pm


Booking required

Special event

Teachers' Private View: Paula Rego

Modern Two

Wed 27 Nov 2019

5:15 - 7pm


Drop-in event

BYOB (Bring Your Own Baby/Bump) (Ages 0-1)

Modern Two

Mon 2 Dec 2020
10:15, 10:45 & 11:15am


+2 other sessions


Creative Exchange: Obedience and Defiance

Modern One

Thu 5 Dec 2019

4:30 - 6:30pm


Lecture or talk

Paula Rego Themed Tour: Early Works

Modern One

Sat 14 Dec 2019

2 - 2:45pm


Exhibition ticket required


Amplified Tour: Paula Rego

Modern Two

Sun 16 Feb 2020

11am - 12 noon



Visually Impaired Tour and Workshop: Paula Rego

Modern Two

Wed 18 Mar 2020

10:15am - 3:30pm



British Sign Language (BSL) Tour: Paula Rego

Modern Two

Sat 21 Mar 2020

11am - 12:30pm


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