Paula Rego museum

Portuguese figurative painter Paula Rego, 74, now has her own museum, which opened on 18 September in Cascais, 30km west of Lisbon, Portugal.

The Casa das Histórias (House of Stories), designed by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, has around 750 sq. m of exhibition space for its permanent collection and temporary shows. Rego has donated all of her 257 etchings along with 278 drawings (many previously unseen), as well as an archive of personal documents and models used in the creation of a number of key works. She has loaned 52 paintings from her personal collection, including Angel, 1998, and the Pillowman triptych, 2004. The museum will also house 15 oil paintings by Rego’s late husband, the British artist Victor Willing. Although Rego has been based in London since the 1950s, she spent her childhood and adolescence in the Cascais region, in the town of Estoril. The €4m House of Stories project was funded by the municipal council of Cascais and the Portuguese tourism office. The museum will have two temporary exhibitions a year, with one in the autumn and one in the spring, which will not focus exclusively on the work of Rego. The space also has a 200-seat auditorium, where a series of conferences will be held, beginning in January 2010.

This article was published in The Art Newspaper, October 2009, p26.