Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance

15 Jun 2019 – 22 Sep 2019

Regular hours

11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00
11:00 – 19:00

Cost of entry

Adult: £8.50
Concessions (over 65s, group booking of 10 or more): £7.50
Local residents: Free every Tuesday
Art Fund/MK Gallery members: Free

MK Gallery

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Local Buses: Frequent daily buses run from Central Bus Station and Milton Keynes Central rail station stops on Midsummer Boulevard outside MK Gallery and Milton Keynes Theatre.
  • Nearest station: Milton Keynes Central

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Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance will span Paula Rego’s entire career since the 1960s with more than 80 works, including never-before-seen paintings and works on paper from the artist’s family and close friends.


Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance, curated by the distinguished art historian and former director of Whitechapel Gallery, Catherine Lampert, presents paintings, pastels, drawings and prints related to political injustices and cultural clichés in broad subjects from dictatorship to backstreet abortion and female genital mutilation.

Exhibition highlights include; Abortion Series (1998-9), Rego’s response to the failure of the 1998 referendum in Portugal and the government’s decision not to legalise abortion, Painting him Out (2011) which reverses the traditional art historical relationship between male artist and female muse; War (2003), Rego’s response to a newspaper photograph published in the Guardian showing the bombing of civilians in Iraq, and Angel (1998), an invented figure who avenges the death of a young girl Amélia, seduced and ill-treated by a priest. This will be the first ever exhibition in Britain to present the paintings Rego made in the 1960s during the regime of the dictator Salazar.

The exhibition will subsequently travel to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (23 November 2019 to 26 April 2020), and to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (25 May to 1 November 2020), where it will be the first ever survey of the artist’s work in each respective country.

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Catherine Lampert

Exhibiting artists

Paula Rego


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