The cover features Rego's The Blue Fairy Whispering to Pinocchio, 1996: 'Fables are important in our culture, they speak of profound things. My aunt Ludgera used to tell me stories every day and later in life I found it liberating to go and study them. They weren't moralistic and I like that. But revelatory: they spoke of cruelty and sacrifice.'
The artist will participate in the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, titled The Milk of Dreams, curated by Cecilia Alemani, which opens to the public from 23 April 2022.
Image: Paula Rego, The Blue Fairy Whispering to Pinocchio, 1996
Pastel on paper on aluminium
170 x 150 cm, 66 7/8 x 59 1/8 in
© Paula Rego
Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro