Exhibitions

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.

Program

Sigmund Freud Lecture

Jacqueline Rose: To Die One’s Own Death – Thinking with Sigmund Freud in a Time of Pandemic

It is a hundred years since the tragic loss of Freud’s daughter, Sophie Halberstadt-Freud, to the Spanish flu shortly after the end of World War One. In this lecture which, due to Covid 19, has been postponed from Freud’s birthday to the day of his death, Jacqueline Rose will argue that this historic moment – of grief, pandemic and war – had an even more decisive impact on Freud’s meditations than has previously been recognised. Freud’s writings on the death drive collide with, and are fuelled by, an increasingly urgent engagement with our innermost psychic and biological relationship to the past and, at the same time, with the cruelty and injustice of the world. Today, as we confront the darkness of the hour, psychoanalysis has never been more urgently needed. What can we still learn from Freud’s thought about how to live and how to die in our own troubled times?

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Jacqueline Rose

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