Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance




Showing works spanning her entire career since the 1960s, this will be the first major retrospective of Rego’s work in England for over 20 years. The exhibition includes previously unseen paintings and works on paper from the artist’s family and close friends, which reflect Rego’s perspective as a woman immersed in urgent social issues and current affairs.

The selection of works focuses on the moral challenges to humanity, particularly in the face of violence, gender discrimination and political tyranny. There are paintings and etchings related to children sold into slavery in North Africa (1996-98), abortion (1998-2000) and female genital mutilation (from 2009). Many of the images begin with the artist’s Portuguese roots and childhood experiences or respond to current affairs.

This exhibition addresses challenging subjects. Parental and carer discretion may be required.

MK Gallery will be the only venue in England for the exhibition which will subsequently travel to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin where it will be the first ever retrospective of Rego’s work in Scotland and Ireland.

Duration 15 June 2019 - 22 September 2019
Times Tuesday - Saturday 11am – 7pm Sunday 11am – 5pm
Cost £9.35 with Gift Aid / £8.50 standard Free for members and Art Fund members concessions apply
Venue MK Gallery
Address 900 Midsummer Boulevard Central Milton Keynes MK9 3QA, ,
Contact +44 [0]1908 676 900 / info@mkgallery.org / www.mkgallery.org

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