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Paula Rego

Tate Britain

Until 24 October 2021

Since the 1950s, Paula Rego has played a key role in redefining figurative art in the UK and internationally. An uncompromising artist of extraordinary imaginative power, she has revolutionised the way in which women are represented.

This exhibition will tell the story of this artist’s extraordinary life, highlighting the personal nature of much of her work and the socio-political context in which it is rooted. It will also reveal the artist’s broad range of references, from comic strips to history painting.

It will feature over 100 works, including collage, paintings, large-scale pastels, ink and pencil drawings and etchings. These will include early work from the 1950s in which Rego first explored personal as well as social struggle, her large pastels of single figures from the acclaimed Dog Women and Abortion series and her richly layered, staged scenes from the 2000-10s.

This will be a unique opportunity to survey, in the city that Rego has lived in and called home for most of her life, the full range of her work.

Exhibition organised by Tate Britain in collaboration with Kunstmuseum Den Haag and Museo Picasso Málaga. Further Information


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The V&A will open Bags: Inside Out

Victoria and Albert Museum London until 16 January 2022

From designer handbags to despatch boxes, vanity cases to military rucksacks, the exhibition explores our longstanding fascination with the bag. Featuring innovative designs from Mulberry to Karl Lagerfeld, bags carried by Jane Birkin to Sarah Jessica Parker, the heritage of Hermès to the streetwear of Off-White, and an exclusive look inside the world of the factory and atelier; Bags: Inside Out provides an unprecedented look at this global obsession. Further Information

Emily Jo Gibbs ‘Horse Chestnut bag with Conker purse’ 1996, London Silk, copper wire Taking inspiration from nature, Gibbs designed this bag in the shape of a horse chestnut. The green surface acts as a shell that when opened reveals a ‘conker’ shaped purse. Realistic details such as copper wire points to represent the spiked surface of a horse chestnut demonstrate Gibbs care and craftmanship.

Nuovo Bidente Margaret Thatcher’s Handbag c.1984, possibly Italy Leather, metal During her tenure as Britain’s first female Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, Margaret Thatcher understood the power of dress and accessories to emphasise her image. Her handbag became a recognisable symbol of both her femininity and power. Often referred to as her ‘secret weapon’ or the ‘sceptre of her rule’, Thatcher’s handbag even influenced a new verb, ‘to handbag’ meaning to verbally attack a person or crush an idea.

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Turner's Modern World

Until 12 September 2021

Tate Britain

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Rain, Steam and Speed exhibited 1844. The National Gallery, London. © The National Gallery, London

One of Britain’s greatest artists, J.M.W. Turner lived and worked at the peak of the industrial revolution. Steam replaced sail; machine-power replaced manpower; political and social reforms transformed society.

Many artists ignored these changes but Turner faced up to these new challenges. This exhibition will show how he transformed the way he painted to better capture this new world.

Beginning in the 1790s, when Turner first observed the effects of modern life, the exhibition will follow his fascination with the impact of industrialisation. It will show how he became involved in the big political questions of the time: campaigning against slavery and making paintings that expressed the horrors of the Napoleonic Wars. This landmark exhibition will bring together major works by Turner from Tate and other collections, including The Fighting Temeraire 1839 and Rail, Steam and Speed 1844. It will explore what it meant to be a modern artist in his lifetime and present an exciting new perspective on his work and life.

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