In 2019 und 2020, Berggasse 19 will undergo necessary construction in order to preserve its physical presence and cultural heritage for future generations and to improve the ways in which the museum and its collections are presented to the public. Through 28 February 2019, the museum will remain open until it will be moving into its temporary quarters at Berggasse 13 in March 2019. Just a few steps away from Freud’s former premises, an exhibition with original furnishings, objects and images gives visitors a glimpse into the life and work of the founder of psychoanalysis until the museum's reopening in May of 2020 at Berggasse 19.
“Just as we could say that the existence of our dream life is a continual memento mori and at the same time an approach to immortality, since dreaming seems to have nothing to do with the necessities of physical existence – so collecting may be the same kind of complex activity”, says Susan Hiller looking back at her work with Freud´s archive in the mid-1990s. (Hiller. Freudsche Objekte. Gespräche über Kunst und Wissen, Institut für Buchkunst Leipzig. Eds.: Julia Blume and Günter Karl Bose, Leipzig 1998.)
We mourn the loss of a great artist and generous supporter of the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna.