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Director's Editorial

“Committed to the beginnings of psychoanalysis and the ongoing history of the influence of Sigmund Freud’s life and work, the Sigmund Freud Museum is a site of memory and space of thought in which our cultural history combines with our present. With its extensive exhibition and scientific activities, the aim of the institution is to make a profound contribution to the current and future development of sociocultural theory & life practice.” (Mission Statement of the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna, 2016)

Unique and unmistakable, the Sigmund Freud Museum comprises a legacy that continues to define our cultural development today. This location steeped in history, Berggasse 19 in Vienna, is etched on collective memory as a factor of remembrance of international importance – in two senses: on the one hand as the birthplace of psychoanalysis, developed by Sigmund Freud at the beginning of the last century as a scientific discipline devoted to investigating the human psyche. On the other hand, the place where Freud lived and worked, that the “Father of Psychoanalysis” was forced to leave in 1938, recalls the loss of culture and humanity under the Nazis’ regime of terror in Austria. As such, this place is invested with the power to demonstrate the complex links between our history and the present and to preserve them for collective memory.

The orientation of the Sigmund Freud Museum in terms of content is based on Sigmund Freud’s theories of psychoanalysis and cultural history, brought to life for the Austrian and international audience by means of an extensive programme. Coordinated closely with day-to-day events, that also offer a platform for contemporary art, the planned reorganisation of the Museum is aimed above all at forging a meaningful link between the past and present. This undertaking is among the most pressing tasks of our mission as an institution in order to preserve, communicate and develop the cultural legacy of Sigmund Freud in Vienna for future generations in keeping with its international importance.

Monika Pessler
Sigmund Freud Museum


Letters of Endorsment:


Dominic Freud, Great-grandson of Sigmund Freud, Chairman of the Freud Foundation US, New York

Stefano Bolognini, Psychoanalyst, President of the International Psychoanalytic Association, Bologna

Judith Butler, Philosopher and Philologist, University of California, Berkeley

Gerhard Roth, Writer, Vienna

Siri Hustvedt, Writer, New York

Thomas Kohut, Psychoanalyst and Historian, Williams College, Massachusetts

Carol Seigel, Psychoanalyst and Historian, Williams College, Massachusetts

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