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Paula Rego | Obedience and Defiance

Until Sun 19 Apr 2020

Open daily, 10am-5pm

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


“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 1960s 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 The Maids (1987), Snow White and her Stepmother (1995), Dancing Ostriches (1995) and Joseph’s Dream (1990). Curated by independent curator Catherine Lampert and organised by MK Gallery (Milton Keynes), the exhibition includes over 80 loans.

Please note that this exhibition addresses challenging subjects and includes images of a suggestive and / or graphic nature. Parental and carer discretion may be required.

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

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




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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.

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

  • Information desk
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair access
  • 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

Paula Rego Themed Tour: Early Works

Modern Two

Sat 14 Dec 2019

2 - 2:45pm


Exhibition ticket required


The Drawing Room (January 2020) - Paula Rego

Modern Two

Thu 9 Jan 2020

5:30 - 6:45pm


Our Friends

Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance

Modern One

Wed 22 and Wed 29 Jan 2020
6:30 - 8:30pm


Music concert

Live Music Now: Barbara Cole Walton and Alina Horváth


Thu 23 Jan 2020

6 - 6:30pm


Lecture or talk

Paula Rego as Printmaker

Modern One

Tue 11 Feb 2020

12:45 - 1:30pm



Amplified Tour: Paula Rego

Modern Two

Sun 16 Feb 2020

11am - 12 noon


Lecture or talk

A Paula Rego Reading List

Modern One

Tue 17 Mar 2020

12:45 - 1:30pm



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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