The Sigmund Freud Museum is dedicating the special exhibition“So this is the strong Sex.”Women in Psychoanalysis to women from the early history of psychoanalysis.Marie Marie Bonaparte, Helene Deutsch, Emma Eckstein, Anna Freud, Lou Andreas-Salomé and Sabina Spielrein had a major influence on the work of Sigmund Freud and on the development of psychoanalysis.
“So this is the strong sex” – Emma Eckstein is said to have once greeted Sigmund Freud with this ironic allusion. Succinctly, this quotation conveys the possible new interpretations of predominant gender roles. As patients, these women provided Sigmund Freud with the basis for his discovery of the unconscious; the “father of psychoanalysis” himself confirms how he developed his treatment method known as the “talking cure” together with them.
To honor Sigmund Freud's 160th birthday on May 6, 2016, the Sigmund Freud Museum established a cooperation with google art institute and set up an online exhibition on Sigmund Freud's life with pictures and objects from the museum. Google honors this anniversary with a Google Doodle.
On the occasion of the birthday, the Sigmund Freud Museum presents HANS HOLLEIN: FOCUS ON FREUD – a staging of DREAM AND REALITY AT BERGGASSE 19. Right at the spot where Freud's Couch was placed until 1938, the museum presents the miniature replica „Sigmund Freud – Couch und Sessel“,1985, by the internationally renowned Viennese architect and artist Hans Hollein (1934-2014).
In the former living quarters and office of Sigmund Freud in the house at Berggasse 19 in Vienna's ninth district, the Sigmund Freud Museum presents an exhibition documenting the life and work of the founder of psychoanalysis. Freud lived and worked in this house from 1891 until 1938, when on 4 June he was forced by the National Socialists to flee with his family into exile in England.
The interior decoration of the museum was carried out in 1971 with the help of Anna Freud, Sigmund Freud's youngest daughter. Original furnishings, including the waiting room, a selection from Freud’s collection of antiquities, and signed copies and first editions of his works provide a glimpse into Freud's biography, his cultural environment and the development of psychoanalysis. Unique film material showing the Freud family in the 1930’s, is shown in a video room with a commentary by Anna Freud.