Gerhard Roth 1942 - 2022

We mourn the passing of Gerhard Roth. The writer and photographer, born in Graz in 1942, was an intimate friend and supporter of the Sigmund Freud Museum. His help in saving Berggasse 19 by making possible the necessary reconstruction and redesign remains unforgotten.

In the course of his career, Gerhard Roth was awarded countless prizes; he is without doubt one of the most important writers in Austria. He left behind an oeuvre that continues to have an impact for generations, with the book cycles "Archie des schweigens" and "Orkus" in the center. His photographic works were exhibited in the Wien Museum, among other places. He passed away on February 8, 2022 in Graz after a long illness. A detailed obituary can be found here in German.

Sigmund Freud discovered, as is generally known, the continent of the unconscious. In order to make this millennia-old realm in our heads accessible, he explored not only the dreams and sexuality of the society in which he lived, but also its religions and thus its morals. The voyages of discovery took place in human brains - his and his patients'. And they took place in Vienna, at Berggasse 19. (Gerhard Roth in a statement on the Sigmund Freud Museum 2016)

 

Annual Award by the Society of Austrian Architects 2021

FOR THE RENOVATION OF THE SIGMUND FREUD MUSEUM

We are proud to announce that on October 15, the Sigmund Freud Foundation was awarded the annual award by the Society of Austrian Architects („Bauherrenpreis“ for the successful renovation of the museum. The project planned by the architects Hermann Czech, ARTEC/Bettina Götz and Richard Manahl as well as Walter Angonese was honored at the award ceremony in Innsbruck along with five other projects.

The jury, consisting of Angelika Schnell, Roger Riewe and Peter Riepl, explained their decision as follows:

 

We would like to thank all friends and supporters who made this success possible by supporting and accompanying the project. The renovation is still nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award for Contemporary Architecture of the European Union.

 

Sigmund Freud Museum Renovated and Expanded

The Sigmund Freud Museum, located in Freud's former living and working rooms at Berggasse 19 in Vienna, underwent 18 months of renovation and expansion in 2019/2020 and was ceremoniously reopened by Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen on September 23, 2020.

The "birthplace of psychoanalysis", where Sigmund Freud lived and worked for almost half a century, has since presented itself with modernized and expanded museum spaces including a foyer, shop and café, with barrier-free access and a redesigned research and communication platform: Europe's largest "library of psychoanalysis".

The architectural concept was developed by Atelier Hermann Czech, ARTEC Architekten and Walter Angonese. The total costs amounted to 4 million euros were financed by the City of Vienna, the federal government of Austria, private supporters and the Sigmund Freud Foundation's own funds.

 

Bauherrenpreis

The Society of Architects of Austria has been regularly awarding the 'Bauherrenpreis' since 1967. This prize honors personalities or groups of persons who have rendered outstanding services to building culture as clients or mentors. The Sigmund Freud Foundation is one of six winners in 2021. In total, the nomination juries in the Austrian provinces made 24 nominations from 152 submissions. Learn more ...

 

Gift Ideas for Christmas

 

Christmas is coming and we all hope to spend it together with our families and friends. If you are still looking for gifts, we recommend a look at our website! With a voucher for the Sigmund Freud Museum or an item from our webshop, you not only have a witty gift but also support our non-profit institution in Freud's living and working spaces.

 

With this you can make your loved ones happy:

Voucher to print out yourself for a visit to the museum or a guided tour – order right here.

Should a visit to Berggasse have to wait a little longer, we recommend our museum catalog. This and other books and gift items can be found in our webshop for shipping or pickup via Click & Collect  – browse here.

Membership with our friends from 35 Euro - to the museum all year round, including free use of the library and exclusive offers.

 

We would be pleased if you surprise your loved ones with our offers and thus support Sigmund Freud's cultural heritage at Berggasse 19!

Anton O. Kris 1934 - 2021

We mourn the loss of Anton O. Kris, who passed away on March 11, 2021. Born in Vienna in 1934 to Ernst and Marianne Kris (née Rie), the then four-year-old, together with his parents and sister Anna, escaped the terrorist regime of national socialism in 1938 and spent his teenage years in New York. Anton O. Kris studied psychiatry at Yale University and Harvard Medical School. He trained as a psychoanalyst in Boston (Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute), where he lived with his family and became a highly respected and ambitious advocate for psychoanalysis in numerous institutions, both in theory and practice, as well as for his patients. In 1982 he published Free Association: Method and Process (Yale University Press); he also served on the editorial boards of several psychoanalytic journals, on the board of trustees of the Anna Freud Foundation, and as executive director of the Freud Archives.

He was closely associated with the Freud family, and especially with Anna Freud, both amicably and professionally. He also supported the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna in many ways over the years. The Sigmund Freud Museum received a special copy of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield from him: in 1882 Sigmund Freud gave this book to his fiancée and later wife Martha Bernays, who gave it to the young Anton Kris decades later. Together with Anna Freud, Anton Kris decided to donate the book to the Sigmund Freud Museum and thus make it accessible to the general public in 1977. Today, this precious publication is prominently displayed in the new permanent exhibition on the life and work of Sigmund and Anna Freud in the former private apartment of the Freud family.

In grateful remembrance of his generous and humorous nature, our thoughts are with his family.

(Obituary by Boston Globe: https://legcy.co/3eC4YAW)