Inaugurated the retrospective exhibition ofPaula Regoat Tate Britain

Inaugurou a exposição retrospectiva de Paula Rego no Tate Britain
portuguese artistPaula Regoat Tate Britain
The Portuguese retrospective exhibitionPaula Regoat the Tate Britain art museum has already opened! In London, there are more than 100 works, ranging from the first ones, from the 1950s, where references to the dictatorial regime of António Salazar, to which he was opposed, such as "Interrogation", executed when he was 15, to some more recent in which he addresses social issues, such as the series “Aborto”, which he produced during the campaign for the decriminalization of the procedure in Portugal. Her son Nick Willing said this exhibition represents a "symbolic" victory over the discrimination she suffered as a woman and a foreigner.

“It's very symbolic because this museum, [for] most of my mother's life, was a museum just for [artists] white men, more or less, and a woman like my mother was always knocking on the door. They never let her in, because she was a woman and she was a foreigner and, until recent years, that was something that was not appreciated in England”, said Nick Willing to the Lusa agency.

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It was on display from July 7 to October 24, making it the museum's main event for the summer, as well as the largest and most complete ofPaula Regoin the UK, including painting, as well as large collages, sculptures, drawings, prints and pastels. In addition to the political and social context, the work ofPaula Regoit also reflects her personal experiences, namely her childhood, her intense relationship with her husband, the British artist Victor Willing (1928-1988), who died of multiple sclerosis, and her own struggle with depression. The Portuguese painter is recognized for the way she influenced British figurative art and “revolutionized” the way women are represented, through canvases such as the series “Mulher Cão”, from the 1990s. private collections, namely the polyptych “Possession” (2004), owned by the Serralves Foundation, and exhibited for the first time outside Portugal. Also unprecedented is the exhibition of the watercolor “The Return of the Native” (1993), which is normally displayed on a wall in the residence of the Portuguese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, in London.

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For the painter's son, “A Dança”, from 1988, is one of the special paintings in the exhibition, as he himself served as a model while his father was sick. Initially designed to represent women dancing, as in traditional fairs in Portugal, but reflecting their personal history,Paula Regofollowed the suggestion of her husband, who was already bedridden with multiple sclerosis, to also include men in the scene located at Praia dos Mil Regos, in Ericeira.

“My mom thought this was funny. It wasn't because she wanted to do what he suggested, but because she found an opportunity to do a work on him, for him, the man, my father. But as he was very sick in bed and I was very similar to him at that time – it was 1988 – she asked me to wear his suit and put on my shoes and dance like him. That's how I helped my mother with the grief of my father's death. After the process, for my birthday, she gave me one of the drawings that she made of me, and that I still have on the wall, at home, in my home office. Every day I see him and he's exactly like me, but I only see my father,” said Nick Willing.

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“By doing the most personal, smallest things in her life, she manages to tell a story that we all know. This is important, because the exhibition is about everyone who comes here. It's not just women, it's men too; It's not just Portuguese, it's people from all over the world”, says Nick Willing. In this exhibition, he continues, “you can see that it is a really important career, because there is so much work here that you can see an incredible talent and imagination, an imagination that was created in Portugal”.

Who is itPaula Rego?
Born in Lisbon in 1935,Paula RegoShe left Portugal as a teenager to study at the Slade School of Art, becoming the only female artist in the London School group, distinguished by a highly figurative and literary work, considered incisive and unique by art critics. At that time, the Portuguese artist lived with prominent names in painting such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and David Hockney. Public recognition in the UK came with an exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in 1988, followed by a residency at the National Gallery in 1990.Paula Regowas distinguished in 2010, by Queen Isabel II, with the degree of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for her contribution to the arts, and, in 2004, she was elevated to the Grand Cross of the Military Order of Sant'Iago da Espada de Portugal, by President Jorge Sampaio.

This exhibition not only tells the personal story ofPaula Rego, but also the history of Portugal and society in general.Without a doubt, an exhibition not to be missed!


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