Casa das Historias Paula Rego
Casa das Historias Paula Rego is more than a museum devoted to the famed Portuguese artist Paula Rego, is a place where art is to be enjoyed and lived.
Casa das Historias Paula Rego is much more than a museum. It is an architectonic masterpiece designed by the internationally prized architect Souto Moura that enhances the magnificence of Paula Rego’s work.
The immense talent of the world-famed Portuguese painter is honored in this modern monument, well-integrated in the urban surrounding. Following the wish of the painter stated at the opening, the Museum is a place intended for people to breath and live art and not just a repository of paintings and sketches.
The museum has 750m2 of exhibits area, either permanent or temporary, an auditorium, a bar, library and outdoors spaces specially thought for art activities for children.
The art collection lodged in the Museum is absolutely imposing, reflecting the evolution of the painter and her most important phases, covering a 50 years period.
The generosity of Paula Rego made this collection possible thus she donate all of her 257 etchings as well as 278 drawings, most of which have never been seen before. In addition, the painter also loaned Casa das Historias 52 of her paintings.
Besides the above-mentioned loaned works, Casa das Historias also offers a collection of 206 drawings and preparatory sketches for paintings drawn in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as watercolour studies made for paintings for the chapel of the Palácio de Belém, the official residence of Portugal’s President.
Casa das Histórias also exhibits paintings by Victor Willing, the late husband of the painter, who was an artist and an art critic.
The Museum is in a privileged area of Cascais, the elegant and cosmopolitan coastal town near Lisbon, famed for being the home of several royal families of Europe during World War II, namely those of Spain, Italy, Hungary and Bulgaria. Nearby are several other cultural spaces and locals of interest such as Museu do Mar, Centro Cultural de Cascais, Museu Conde Castro de Guimarães, Casa Sommer, the Cidadela and the park Marechal Carmona. Of course that Cascais beaches are another highlight you shouldn’t miss when travelling to this village.