Paula Rego: Secrets & Stories at Casa das Histórias

Curated by Nick Willing and Catarina Alfaro with the help of Leonor de Oliveira, Secrets & Stories is a retrospective exhibition covering Paula Rego's early childhood beginnings in Portugal to studying at the Slade school in London from 1952-56; The exhibition also highlights some of the artists most outstanding and memorable works such as  The Fisherman (2005), The Crime of Father Amaro (1997-98), and the Dog Woman series (1994). Additionally works from Rego's private collection that have never previously been shown to the general public before will be on show, in particular a portrait of her father dated 1954–55, and The Descent from the Cross, 2002. Travelling on from Marlborough Fine Art in London running concurrently with the recently acclaimed BBC documentary 'Secrets & Stories' (Directed by Nick Willing), The Depression series (2007) will be shown in Portugal for the very first time. This exhibition also includes an unprecedented reconstitution of Paula Rego’s studio based on various elements — such as sets, models and costumes used by the artist. Rego builds her own personal world of fantasy and enchantment inside the studio, and through her paintings expresses what she’s unable to put into words, thus giving them a magical and revealing power. Photo © Nick Willing