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The IMMA Collection is a unique resource which is made available to the public through a vibrant programme of temporary exhibitions and projects. Collection Exhibitions may explore the work of an individual artist, or address a theme or historic period.

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Paula Rego: Obedience and Defiance is a major retrospective of the work of Portuguese artist Paula Rego. Spanning 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.

Paula Rego: 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); is currently showing at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (23 November 2019 to 26 April 2020) before travelling to IMMA.

An exhibition organised by MK Gallery, Milton Keynes with the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh and IMMA, Dublin.


About the Artist

Paula Rego b.1935

Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1935, Dame Paula Rego trained at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Rego is celebrated for her bold and intense paintings, drawings and prints, which intertwine the private and the public, the intimate and the political, the real and the imagined, combining autobiographical elements with stories from literature, folklore, and mythology, references to earlier art, and observations on the contemporary world.
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