Paula Rego at Tate Britain

Opened this month and running through to 24 October 2021, the new Paula Rego retrospective at Tate Britain is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of her work ever staged in the UK. Rego, who lives and works in London, was born in Lisbon in 1935, but has had a long association with the UK, having attended school in Kent from the age of sixteen.

Given Rego has long been admired by art lovers, and is an inspiration for many painters, it’s not surprising that the exhibition has already received some glowing reviews. Visitors have the opportunity to view rarely seen, early career works made in the 1950s, through to pieces completed in the 1990s and 2000s.

Here we share a few images of artwork included in the show.

Interrogation, 1950

Paula Rego. Interrogation. 1950. Private Collection, London © Paula Rego.

Self-portrait in Red, 1966

Paula Rego. Self-portrait in Red. 1966. Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporanea do Chiado (Lisbon, Portugal) © Paula Rego.

The Cadet and His Sister, 1988

Paula Rego. The Cadet and His Sister. 1988. Private collection © Paula Rego.

Possession I, 2004

Paula Rego. Possession I. 2004. Collection Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. © Paula Rego.

PAULA REGO – Tate Britain – 7 July – 24 October 2021 

The exhibtion is curated by Elena Crippa, Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art, with Zuzana Flašková, Assistant Curator, Modern & Contemporary British Art, Tate Britain. It has been organised by Tate Britain in collaboration with Kunstmuseum Den Haag and Museo Picasso Málaga, and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue from Tate Publishing.

See the website for more details.

Article by Richard Unwin.

Main image: Paula Rego, Tate Britain © Tate (Oliver Cowling).

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