Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art: Paula Rego – Obedience and Defiance

Paula Rego - Angel, 1998 (Detail)
Paula Rego - Angel, 1998 (Detail)

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23rd November – 19th April 2020

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two) is mounting an ambitious retrospective of the Portuguese artist Paula Rego.

Born in Lisbon in 1935, Rego trained at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and is one of Europe’s most influential contemporary figurative artists. A contemporary of Frank Auerbach and David Hockney, her work is represented in many major public collections and brings politics and social issues to the fore.

The exhibition spans her career from the 1960’s through to 2012, and addresses 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.

The exhibition includes over eighty loans, and features Secrets and Stories, the award-winning 2017 documentary film made by Rego’s son, Nick Willing. Note that the exhibition addresses challenging subjects and includes images of a suggestive and / or graphic nature, so parental and carer discretion may be required.

73 Belford Road,
Edinburgh EH4 3DS

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