Book presentation in English and German and talk by the editors Elizabeth Ann Danto and Alexandra Steiner-Strauss and by Thomas Aichhorn
Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 8 p.m., Sigmund Freud Museum
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Modernism, creativity, the freedom to grow as a “free and self-reliant human being” – with these beliefs, Anna Freud, the youngest daughter of Sigmund Freud, and Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham, the youngest daughter of the great American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded Vienna’s Hietzing School in the mid-1920s. To Erik H. Erikson who taught there, it was “the best possible school” and today its true significance, as both the teachers and the students remember it, comes to life in this lushly illustrated book. Four historic photographs of Sigmund Freud are showcased here for the first time, along with never-before-seen vintage photographs and unpublished archival material, all of which make vivid the founders’ vision of the Hietzing School’s origins and sequels, its day-to-day experience and its enduring significance for our understanding of education and the developing mind. The nine original essays, written expressly for this volume by an international group of scholars, confirm the depth to which interwar Vienna’s commitment to social democracy not only formed the backdrop for a Freud/Burlingham modernist psychoanalytic platform, but also penetrated all professional and social arenas from art and architecture to medicine and public health. Bringing together the historic Freud and Tiffany legacies as never before, this lively book restores Hietzing to its rightful place in the history of so many ideas with which we are still working today.
Elizabeth Ann Danto is emeritus professor at Hunter College – City University of New York. She writes and lectures internationally on the history of psychoanalysis as a modernist system of thought and a marker of urban culture. Dr. Danto is the author of Historical Research (Oxford University Press, 2008) and her book Freud’s Free Clinics – Psychoanalysis and Social Justice, 1918–1938 (Columbia University Press, 2005) received the Gradiva Book Award and the Goethe Prize.
Alexandra Steiner-Strauss, MMag., Art and cultural historian focusing on Austrian cultural history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Freelance curator and publicist in Vienna; former curator at the Theater Museum Vienna and educator at the Kunsthistorisches Museum; co-author of Gustav Klimt und Wien (2012), Trägt die Sprache schon Gesang in sich. Richard Strauss und die Oper (2014), and Anna Freud in Wien (2016).
Thomas Aichhorn, Psychoanalyst in private practice in Vienna, is a full member of the Vienna Psychoanalytical Association (WPV) and the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and Archivist of the WPV. Numerous lectures and publications on the theory and history of psychoanalysis, Jean Laplanche’s "theory of general seduction", the psychoanalysis of adolescence and the work and biography of August Aichhorn.
Photo: Freud/Tiffany – Anna Freud, Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham and the 'Best Possible School', book cover, detail (c) Routledge