Freud, Berggasse 19

The new exhibition of the Sigmund Freud Museum's permanent collection offers an overview over his life and work, connected to the original functions of the rooms where Freud and his family lived. Originally preserved spatial structures reveal an authentic experience of the birthplace of psychoanalysis, and the various exhibits (objects, historical manuscripts, photographs) highlight the professional stations and biographical facettes of Freud’s professional and family life. This layer of information is in many ways closely connected to the history of each respective room: the practice of psychoanalysis and the so-called “talking cure” is addressed with the help of case histories and texts in Freud’s former treatment room. Anna Freud’s adjacent living and practice rooms are dedicated to her work of combining psychoanalysis and pedagogy. The private rooms of the Freud family are dedicated to Freud’s life as a family father and his career path as a young physician and neurologist. Original pieces of furniture have found their way into the exhibition for the first time including a dresser on loan from the Freud Museum London which, along with its accompanying intarsia table, makes up part of the original, historical ensemble of the Herrenzimmer (gentlemen’s salon).

Hidden Thoughts of A Visual Nature

As ever, the historical stairwell, which is an integral part of the new museum concept, connects the living spaces on the mezzanine level with the “doctor’s apartment” (1896-1908) on the upper ground floor where a permanent exhibition entitled Hidden Thoughts of a Visual Nature will be on display: A presentation of selected works from the Sigmund Freud Museum’s collection of conceptual art. Established in 1989 with an installation by American artist Joseph Kosuth, the collection now includes works by Franz West, Heimo Zobernig, Susan Hiller, John Baldessari, Sherrie Levine, Haim Steinbach, Ilya Kabakov, and Pier Paolo Calzolari.

Analysis Interminable: Psychoanalytical Schools of Thought after Freud

The first special exhibition after the renovation is titled Analysis Interminable. Psychoanalytic Schools of Thought after Freud and contains short films and interviews with five practicing psychoanalysts from New York, Dublin, and Berlin who introduce a variety of psychoanalytical schools: contemporary drive and conflict theory, structural psychoanalysis, relational psychoanalysis, object relation theories, as well as self-psychology.

Showroom Berggasse 19: Robert Longo, Untitled (Hellion)

A new installation by American artist Robert Longo is on display in the Showroom Berggasse 19, a storefront exhibition space in what used to be the butcher shop Kornmehl. Longo’s installation envisages new associations between the disciplines of art and psychoanalysis.


Sigmund Freud Lecture

Colette Soler: La psychanalyse et le politique

Psychoanalysis and Politics

(Lecture in French language)


There is a politics of psychoanalysis. It dates back to Freud and is defined by the aims of the psychoanalytic cure. All other political questions derive from it, in particular the one of its influence on the general discourse. When Freud arrived in New York with Ferenczi, he thought that psychoanalysis would bring »the plague«, for Lacan, it is subversion; but the question of its function is still unresolved. And then there are the divisions, different currents, the multiple apples of discord that all raise the question of what is left of political unity of … the psychoanalysis.

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Colette Soler