Paula Regos retrospective exhibition at Tate Liverpool in 1997 presented work from 1959 to 1997 – with the artists large, figurative paintings from the late 1980s and 1990s placed in the context of early paintings and collages. One of the most important aspects of the exhibition was that it included a substantial selection of studies and sketches, preparatory and finished drawings from the artist’s own collection that had never been seen before. To celebrate Tate Liverpools 20th Birthday, Rego joins Lewis Biggs – the Director of the Gallery at the time and now Director of the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art in an illustrated discussion on the experience of exhibiting at Tate Liverpool, the impact the exhibition had on Regos career and also about current and future projects on the horizon for the artist. Rego, born in Portugal in 1935 trained at the Slade School of Art in London and settled permanently in London in 1976. She had her first major solo exhibition in Britain at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1988. The Tate Liverpool show of 1997 was one in a series of important survey exhibitions held by the artist and followed her inclusion in the São Paulo Bienal as representative of both Britain and Portugal.
Part of Twentieth Birthday Celebrations