Audacious Women: How Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Paula Rego Triumphed in the British Art World
Wed 26 Feb 2020
6:30 - 7:30pm
“Here, we see her fierce and fearless engagement with the world around her, carried out with consummate skill and singular vision”
“I absolutely love this exhibition”
Kelly Apter, BBC Radio Scotland Tuesday Review
“A powerful response to the last half-century from a fiercely feminist perspective”
Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance is a survey of the Portuguese artist’s work that brings politics to the fore.
This major exhibition is the first ever retrospective of Paula Rego’s work to be held in Scotland. Rego is one of the most important artists living in Britain today. Born in Lisbon in 1935, she is celebrated for her intense and courageous paintings, drawings and prints. The exhibition spans over 50 years of her international career, from the 1960s to the 2010s. It features more than 80 works, lent from public and private collections. Rego is admired for her courageous exploration of moral challenges to humanity, such as political tyranny, gender discrimination, abortion, female genital mutilation and the death of civilians in war. Other works in the exhibition begin with her Portuguese roots and lived experiences, or respond to current affairs and stories from literature, cinema, folklore, mythology and art history. The exhibition is curated by independent curator Catherine Lampert.
“I always want to turn things on their heads, to upset the established order”
Find out more about Paula Rego in this extensive interview she gave to The Scotsman in 2019.
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.
The exhibition organised by MK Gallery, Milton Keynes with the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
Obedience and Defiance has captured the imagainations of our visitors and sparked comment and debate. Here's just some of the comments they have shared with us on social media and in our visitor books.
"Love the different mediums. Paula Rego is a brave woman. She speaks for female minorities and people with the same political belief. Some of her works are hauntingly beautiful."
Hin Yan, Hong Kong
"Inspirational. Wonderful to find new work"
"My mind was not broken until I saw Paula Rego. This was a beautiful break"
"Fascinating. Astonishing use of pastels on such a large scale. A truly talented artist"
"Haunting, beautiful and urgent work, thoughtfully presented. Incredibly moving"
Image: Paula Rego, Painting Him Out, 2011. Private Collection. © Copyright Paula Rego, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art.
|Type of ticket||Price|
|Children (12 & under)||£0.00|
|25 & under||£6.50|
|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|
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6:30 - 7:30pm
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