Tate Britain Exhibition

Paula Rego

paiting of a woman painting in her studio

Paula Rego The Artist in Her Studio 1993 Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery) U.K. / Bridgeman Images © Paula Rego

The UK's largest and most comprehensive retrospective of Paula Rego’s work to date

Since the 1950s, Paula Rego has played a key role in redefining figurative art in the UK and internationally. An uncompromising artist of extraordinary imaginative power, she has revolutionised the way in which women are represented.

This exhibition tells the story of this artist’s extraordinary life, highlighting the personal nature of much of her work and the socio-political context in which it is rooted. It also reveals the artist’s broad range of references, from comic strips to history painting.

It features over 100 works, including collage, paintings, large-scale pastels, ink and pencil drawings and etchings. These include early works from the 1950s in which Rego first explored personal as well as social struggle, her large pastels of single figures from the acclaimed Dog Women and Abortion series and her richly layered, staged scenes from the 2000-10s.

This is a unique opportunity to survey, in the city that Rego has lived in and called home for most of her life, the full range of her work.

Exhibition organised by Tate Britain in collaboration with Kunstmuseum Den Haag and Museo Picasso Málaga.

Tate Britain

London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit


7 July – 24 October 2021

Extended opening hours until 20.00 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday 9 October

Supported by

The Paula Rego Exhibition Supporters Circle:

Huo Family Foundation (UK) Limited
Kim Manocherian
Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman
Victoria Miro
Cristea Roberts Gallery

Tate Americas Foundation

and Tate Patrons

Media partners



…a passionate vision of love, lust and sinister violence

The Times

Brilliant and shocking

The i Newspaper

She’s a magic realist in paint

The Guardian
Evening Standard

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