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One of the most important figurative artists of her generation, venture into the extraordinary imagination of painter Paula Rego.

Featuring over 70 prints from across Rego’s extensive career, the exhibition explores Paula Rego's wit and dark humour reimagining classic tales, creating surreal and subversive stories with women at their heart.

The exhibition looks deeper at Rego’s mastery of the medium of printmaking, encompassing lithography, etching and screen printing. Printmaking took on a metaphorical meaning for the artist, helping to create shadows and encompass childish mischeif whilst also shining a light on important issues such as illegal abortion and female genital mutilation.

Following on from the largest retrospective to date of the artist’s work at Tate Britain (July to October 2021), Rego returns to Arnolfini almost 40 years after her first exhibition with the gallery (in 1982-83), creating an opportunity for a new generation of visitors to explore the artist’s subversive stories.

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