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Paula Rego

The Story of Stories

December 23, 2022 - April 30, 2023

Paula Rego is a Portuguese/British artist who revolutionised the ways women are represented and is not one to compromise her truths. The Story of Stories shows how Rego authentically confronts oppression, authority, and institutional violence while not being afraid to reveal her own personal nature and socio-political context.

The exhibition, curated by Alistair Hicks, re-affirms the importance of her work in Portugal in the 1960s and focuses on her emergence as an important artist on the London scene in the 1980s and 1990s. The Story of Stories focuses on Paula Rego and her work in different disciplines. Through her works beginning from the 1960s, the exhibition aims to demonstrate how she has fought against depression, fascism, colonialism, and the anti-abortion movement while also unleashing her stories from the male linear leash.

Rego has rescued the stories and put them back into the main stream of art. When she started her career at The Slade School of Fine Arts, she was dismissed for painting visual gossip. The ban against the story was just one of many ways men tried to stop women from competing as artists on an equal basis. Each story that is told and retold helps show how rich the world is if we veer off the prescribed path.

The Story of Stories invites viewers to enter the magical environment in Paula Rego’s paintings where innocence and experience coexist and where she dissembles deep meaning and narrative.

 

Image Credits

Salazar Vomiting the Homeland, 1960
Oil on canvas
94 x 120 cm
Courtesy of CAM-Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Collection, Lisbon

Carmen Miranda, 1985
Acrylic on paper mounted on canvas
121 x 151 cm
Private Collection

Red Monkey Beats His Wife, 1981
Acrylic on paper
65 x 105 cm
Courtesy of Ostrich Arts Ltd. & Victoria Miro Collection

Untitled No. 4, 1998
Pastel on paper mounted on aluminum
110 x 100 cm
Private Collection

 

Exhibition Catalogue

Paula Rego

Paula Rego

Curated by Alistair Hicks, The Story of Stories focuses on Paula Rego’s work in different disciplines, re-affirms the importance of her work in Portugal in the 1960s and focuses on her emergence as an important artist on the London scene in the 1980s and 1990s.  Through her works beginning from the 1960s, the exhibition aims to demonstrate how she has fought against depression, fascism, colonialism, and the anti-abortion movement while also unleashing her stories from the male linear leash.

Pera Learning

Carnival of Dreams

Pera Learning is organizing various online and face-to-face workshops for children between the ages of 4 to 17 as part of its Carnival of Dreams Program.

Stories of Our Time

Pera Museum Learning Programs organizes “Stories of Our Time” in parallel with the exhibitions Paula Rego: The Story of Stories and Istanbuls Today. The program offers fun and inspiring exhibition tours, and online/face-to-face workshops.

Half-Term Holiday Workshops

Pera Museum Learning Programs organizes online and face-to-face guided tours and workshops, as part of its Half-Term Workshops program.

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico. Exactly 47 years from now, before she died in the same city and her beloved Mexico, many things would happen; she’d meet Diego Rivera, become a world-renowned artist, and allow many of her fans to dress like her on Halloween. 

Giacometti’s Final Works

Giacometti’s Final Works

Giacometti was selected for three important retrospectives at the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Gallery in London and the Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, all of which were a great success. 

A Photographer’s Biography Guillaume Berggren

A Photographer’s Biography Guillaume Berggren

Berggren acquires the techniques of photography in Berlin and holds different jobs in various European cities before arriving in İstanbul. Initially en route to Marseille, he disembarks from his ship in 1866 and settles in İstanbul, where he is to spend the rest of his life.