Paula Rego

The Cry of Imagination | IN São João da Madeira
Centro de Arte Oliva, São João da Madeira
30 OCT 2020 - 07 FEB 2021


This exhibition features worksby this artist held in the Serralves Collection, produced between 1975 and 2004, which represent various stages in the career of an artist that hasdefined a new paradigm in Portuguese contemporary painting.

In extravagant compositions full of humour and irony, or in dense, carefully crafted pictorial narratives, Rego explores topics such as power and obedience, physical and psychological pain, shame and pride, violence, loneliness, and sociability.

In the background, for its figurative dimension, Paula Rego’s work reaffirms its ever-renewed capacity todiscuss the role of women in contemporary societies, to question everyday life,and, first and foremost, to unveil universes in which surprise and amazementare anchored in the most basic and fundamental yearnings of human beings.

Exhibition organized by SerralvesFoundation – Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by Marta Moreira de Almeida. 


Image: Paula Rego, The Vivian Girls on the Farm, 1984 – 1985. Col. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Prémio Benetton / Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso em 1987, 1989

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The Cry of Imagination | IN São João da Madeira


This exhibition features worksby this artist held in the Serralves Collection, produced between 1975 and 2004, which represent various stages in the career of an artist that hasdefined a new paradigm in Portuguese contemporary painting.

In extravagant compositions full of humour and irony, or in dense, carefully crafted pictorial narratives, Rego explores topics such as power and obedience, physical and psychological pain, shame and pride, violence, loneliness, and sociability.

In the background, for its figurative dimension, Paula Rego’s work reaffirms its ever-renewed capacity todiscuss the role of women in contemporary societies, to question everyday life,and, first and foremost, to unveil universes in which surprise and amazementare anchored in the most basic and fundamental yearnings of human beings.

Exhibition organized by SerralvesFoundation – Museum of Contemporary Art and curated by Marta Moreira de Almeida. 


Image: Paula Rego, The Vivian Girls on the Farm, 1984 – 1985. Col. Fundação de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto. Prémio Benetton / Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso em 1987, 1989