GoLisbon.com was the first website to bring you a report from the opening of the Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and also brought you regular updates about the Design and Fashion Museum until its recent opening in Lisbon. Now we’re bringing you a first look at the upcoming Paula Rego Museum, located just outside the Portuguese capital by the beaches of Cascais. It will open next month and will include paintings and drawings by Portugal’s most acclaimed living artist.
Paula Rego was born in Lisbon but has been living between Cascais and London since the 1970s. In the British capital she married artist Victor Willing and was appointed the first associate artist of England’s National Gallery. She’s also considered one of the best living painters in Britain, and her works can be seen in several museums around the world, from the British Museum in London to the MoMA in New York. Her most valuable work is 1994’s “Baying” which was sold by Sotheby’s last February for over one million dollars (just over 740,000 euros).
Her work has been described as “disturbing” and “surrealist,” usually depicting what are considered feminist ideas and comments on Portuguese culture and society. In Lisbon, you can see a couple of examples at the Berardo Museum and at the Modern Art Centre of the Gulbenkian Foundation, as well as in the Chiado Museum‘s current exhibition “Modern Art in Portugal – From Amadeo to Paula Rego.” In the past, there have been retrospective exhibitions of her work in Madrid’s Reina Sofia Museum, Porto‘s Serralves Museum, and at the Tate Britain.
Now there will be a permanent home for much of her art, with the upcoming museum housed in a brand-new building designed by the renowned architect Eduardo Souto Moura. It features two conical towers that bring to mind the famous gigantic chimneys of Sintra‘s National Palace, while inside it will show a total of 121 works by the artist. The 750 square meters of space will also include an area for temporary exhibitions, a cafeteria, a bookshop, and an auditorium.