“Wonderful” was the first word of the Portuguese head of state when observing the triptych – pastel on aluminum glued paper – that the painter chose for her first solo exhibition in Germany and which portrays, explained Nick Willing, the memories of her summer. childhood in Portugal.
“In the first one is the father reading her 'Dante's Hell', of course, she was afraid. From the window you can see the sand of the beach and sea ”of the Cascais coast, where he lived the first years, said Nick Willing, highlighting the third panel, which shows his father's“ doll ”, sitting with a giant octopus at his feet. .
"The father caught a giant octopus and the mother did not know what to do with it," said Paula Rego's son, who was deeply knowledgeable about the work and was surprised to find it not widespread in Germany, unlike in other countries. Europeans.
Taking an idea advanced by the Portuguese ambassador in Berlin, Mira Gomes, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa argued that it would be good that Paula Rego, if she could travel for once, would do so in September and be present in Germany, the strongest moment of the “scene”. Berlin ”.
The exhibition, which was attended today by German gallery owners and British Council representatives, will be open to the public until 7 October.