Obedience and Defiance focuses on political and feminist themes and includes previously unseen paintings and works on paper from the artist’s family and close friends, which reflect Rego’s perspective as a woman immersed in urgent social issues and current affairs. The selection of works focuses on the moral challenges to humanity, particularly in the face of violence, gender discrimination and political tyranny. There are paintings and etchings related to children sold into slavery in North Africa (1996–98), abortion (1998–2000) and female genital mutilation (from 2009). Many of the images begin with the artist’s Portuguese roots and childhood experiences or respond to current affairs. This will be the first ever exhibition in Britain to present the paintings Rego made in the 1960s during the regime of the dictator Salazar.
Curated by the former director of London’s Whitechapel Gallery, Catherine Lampert, and organised by MK Gallery (Milton Keynes), the exhibition includes over 80 works. A major new publication will accompany the exhibition with texts by curator Catherine Lampert and the American writer and novelist Kate Zambreno, published by ART/BOOKS. Touring to Edinburgh and Dublin, the exhibition will be the first ever retrospective of Rego’s work in Scotland and Ireland.
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The latest exhibition by Portuguese-born and Manchester-based installation artist and former architect and ethnographer, on display at a Georgian National Trust country house venue. Rodrigues’ art lends an artistic identity to functional objects within the house, such as tables, chairs and chandeliers, by covering or enveloping domestic furniture in silks, ribbons, lace and other woven or knitted fabrics simulating traditional Portuguese female crafts.
The Portuguese sculptor has unveiled the latest of her installations: a monumental pair of 7-metre-tall candlesticks created from glass wine bottles, on display at the North entrance of the 19th-century country house of the Rothschild family at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire. They have been bought for the Manor’s contemporary art collection and the bottles used in Vasconcelos’ fibre-optic lit sculpture came from the Chateau Lafite Rothschild vineyard in Bordeaux.