Casa das Histórias – Paula Rego
The House of Stories hosts the work of the most famous Portuguese artist of the present: Paula Rego. Although having been internationally recognized in London (where she lives), Paula Rego is a Portuguese artist. Her museum is located in the beautiful village of Cascais, where the artist spent the childhood.
The architectural project is by the acclaimed Eduardo Souto Moura, who, in 2009, presented this magnificent modern museum, in ochre and with 2 huge prisms that house some old trees that already existed there.
The museum tells the illustrated stories by Paula Rego, most of which portray, in a surreal way, some of the Portuguese social and cultural past realities. Covering a period of 50 years, these works are divided in 3 major phases:
1 – The 60’s: mixed technique of oil painting and collage, where we find criticism of Salazar’s Portugal.
2 – The 80’s: narratives influenced by the comic books, such as the Opera series (inspired on the favourite operas of her father) always with the animals presence.
3 – From the 90′s to the present: the most emblematic works, which include; the “Nursery Rhymes” (prints with grotesque and terrifying stories of the childhood imaginary) and the known large-format paintings of women stories.
There are also temporary exhibitions and some works of her late husband, Victor Willing.
The shop is very appealing and the cafeteria offers a pleasant terrace in the garden.
Opening hours: Every day from 10.00am to 7.00pm.