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.

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.

SURREAL! Imagining New Realities

From May 5, 2022, the new special exhibition of the Sigmund Freud Museum with works from the Klewan Collection explores the tense relationship between psychoanalysis and surrealism. More ...


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