Celebrated as a peerless storyteller, Paula Rego has often brought immense psychological insight and imaginative power to the stories that we try to suppress or tell ourselves only in private. Testament to a career spent exploring these hidden narratives and their associated stigmas, The Forgotten encircles themes and subjects that are often masked or concealed—out of politeness or embarrassment—such as mental illness and old age. Held across the entirety of its Wharf Road spaces, the gallery's first solo exhibition by the artist brings together significant individual works and important series, many rarely shown, drawn principally from the past 20 years. The largest and most comprehensive retrospective of Rego's work to date takes place at Tate Britain (7 July–24 October 2021).
Press release courtesy Victoria Miro.