The ten year celebration of the House of Stories Paula Rego
Spectacles, engraving workshops and a documentary are part of the program of celebrations of the ten years of the House of Stories Paula Rego, which runs throughout this year in that museum in Cascais.
According to the coordinator of the House of Stories, Catarina Alfaro, the program that the Education Service of the Museum Quarter is in the process to mark the date begins already on March 7 with the 2nd Edition of the Engraving Workshop, until May 26.
Also on May 18, performance and digital art are planned with the Vortex Dance Company, followed by the 3rd Edition of the Engraving Workshop between July and November of this year.
The documentary by Jorge Silva Melo ‘The engraving: this mutual learning’ will also be screened during the festivities, with sessions in June and November, in the auditorium of the museum.
On September 21 and 22, the ‘Weekend Out of Series’ will be held, with the line ‘Tell Me Stories’ and ‘Conversation with Prompts’, from the 3rd Edition of the Engraving Workshop.
“Cushion Paula“, with Telma Pereira and Sylvain Peker, is one of the shows also planned for the anniversary celebration.
Concerning the exhibitions for Casa das Histórias, the exhibition “Paula Rego: Obra Gráfica“, curated by Catarina Alfaro, will be presented between July and November of this year.
Although Paula Rego had made engravings as a young student of the Slade School of Fine Art from 1952 to 1956, it was not until the end of the 1980s that this practice began, which included, in addition to the tip of the drought, water and ink, lithography and serigraphy.
This exhibition “intends to present the ‘corpus’ of the artist’s graphic work, and includes her latest engraving works less known to the public,” according to the curator.
Last year Paula Rego presented her first major exhibition in Paris at the Orangerie Museum, which welcomed more than 183,000 people.
In Cascais, the House of Stories Paula Rego received a total of 31,723 visitors in 2018.
Born in Lisbon in 1935, she left Portugal as a teenager during the Salazar dictatorship to study at the Slade School of Art in London, where she lived and lived for more than 50 years.
The only female artist in the London School group, Paula Rego was distinguished by a highly figurative and literary work, considered incisive and singular by art criticism.
At that time, Paula Rego coexisted with prominent names of the painting as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and David Hockney.
It was at the Slade School of Fine Art, where she attended the painting course between 1952 and 1956, which met her husband, the British artist Victor Willing (1928-1988).
Paula Rego was honoured in 2010 by Queen Elizabeth II, with the rank of Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for her contribution to the arts.
In 2016 he was awarded the Municipal Medal of Honor of the city of Lisbon, by the town hall.