Program for Friends

We have put together the following program exclusively for you for the autumn season. Participation is free of charge for our friends.


Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at 18:00 h

Lecture by Branko Aleksić on Freud's "Free Association", applied by Breton to Surrealist Writing and Painting in the context of Vienna Art Week 2022

In English

Sigmund Freud Museum, Berggasse 19, 1090 Vienna

André Breton, born in 1896, student of medicine from 1913, came in contact with Freud’s psychoanalysis during the First World War, when he served in the neuropsychiatric center of Saint-Dizier, in 1916. Observing in his notebook, as early as 1920, that “Freud, Charcot’s disciple, has revolutionized nowadays the mental medicine,” Breton entered into possession of the “method” that would make its way in the Surrealist Manifesto, 1924. Applying the psychoanalytical technique of free association to poetry (and from 1925, to painting) was a way to free the original inspiration from the restraints of logic and censure.

The 18th edition of Vienna Art Week will focus on Vienna as a vibrant art city in November 2022. This year's motto CHALLENGING ORDERS invites us to question existing norms and orders in the most diverse ways through artistic debate. Here is a statement by our director Monika Pessler: “2022 is an exceptionally demanding year: war, pandemic, energy and economic crisis expose people to strong inner pressure – this may also be the reason for the increasing interest in psychoanalysis, as we can see from the numerous young visitors to the Sigmund Freud Museum. In connection with the current tightened living conditions we note also a rediscovery of the art revolution of Surrealism, that is not only being discussed in museums in New York, Berlin and Vienna, but also at the Venice Art Biennale: Cultural developments that testify to an urgent need to confront social structures and the challenges of life with new realities – an absolute reality that holds out the prospect of a self-determined life in peace and freedom in the fusion of inner and outer worlds of experience.”

Branko Aleksić, born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Serbia, in 1951, holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Belgrade (1980), and a doctorate from the University Paris-VIII (1992). He is the author of several anthologies of Surrealist poetry and of a study on automatic writing applied to the Surrealist poetry (Poïétique, Paris, 1989).

Before the lecture, the exhibition SURREAL! Imagining New Realities is open to you.

If you register, we will be happy to reserve seats for you in the front rows. Registration for the event until November 21:


Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 16:30 h

Guided tour with new highlight of the exhibition SURREAL! Introducing New Realities: Salvador Dalí's The Metamorphosis of Narcissus

Sigmund Freud Museum, Berggasse 19, 1090 Vienna

A new exhibit was obtained for the exhibition SURREAL! Imagining New Realities: a sketch for Dalí’s famous painting The Metamorphosis of Narcissus. Formerly the property of Edward James, who not only collected Dalí’s works but also was involved in the Surrealist’s activities as a creative mind and patron, this sheet was recently acquired by the Klewan Collection, and will be shown at the Sigmund Freud Museum until the end of the special exhibition. During the handover, the Museum agreed an extension of the successful exhibition until April 10, 2023 with Helmut Klewan.

The drawing was created in 1937, the same year that Salvador Dalí yet again unsuccessfully attempted to meet Sigmund Freud in Vienna. It was not until a year later that the artist finally managed to visit Freud, together with Stefan Zweig and Edward James, in his London exile. The young Catalan who had already studied Freud’s writings since the 1920s, was determined to convince the “Father of Psychoanalysis” of the scientific and particularly the psychoanalytical qualities of his so-called “paranoiac-critical” art production – which is why he also brought the recently finished painting The Metamorphosis of Narcissus with him. Although Freud continued to have fundamental doubts regarding the surrealist intentions, after this celebrated meeting he at least showed an interest in an analytical exploration of the creative process of such an artwork.

Registration for the special guided tour until November 27:


Thank you for your interest!

With kind regards,


Eva-Maria Kleinschwärzer

Friends of the Sigmund Freud Museum


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