This major exhibition (18 September 2020–3 May 2021) spans Rego’s entire career from the 1960s, comprising more than 80 works, including paintings never seen before and works on paper from the artist’s family and close friends.
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.
Obedience and Defiance is curated by the distinguished art historian and former director of Whitechapel Gallery, Catherine Lampert.
The exhibition premiered in the MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (15 June – 22 September 2019); was then shown at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (23 November 2019 to 17 March 2020) before traveling to IMMA.
Image: Paula Rego, Impailed, 2008