Paula Rego | Obedience and Defiance

23 Nov 2019 – 19 Apr 2020

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

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

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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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