Annual Award by the Society of Austrian Architects 2021


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, praised the building project : "The radiance of Sigmund Freud is subtly channeled into the urban space". (Excerpt from the report of the nomination jury)


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.



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 ...


Annual Program 2022




January 20: Leonardo - Circle for Psychoanalytic Cultural Criticism. Evening II: Psychoanalytic large group discussion in German on "Childbearing, Pregnancy, and Birth in Cultural Context" with Barbara Maier, Jutta Fiegl, Rainer Danziger, Florian Fossel, Rainer Gross and Sama Maani (in German)


February 24: Book presentation "Freud and the Emigré" with Elana Shapira, Mitchell Ash and Daniela Finzi. Moderation: Katharina Prager (in German)


March 3: Book presentation "Crudelitas. Twelve Chapters of a Discourse History of Cruelty" in German by Wolfgang Müller-Funk. Moderation: Daniela Finzi (in German)


April 7: Leonardo - Circle for Psychoanalytic Cultural Criticism. Evening III (in German)


May 4: opening of special exhibition "SURREAL! Imagining New Realities"


May 6: XLIX. Sigmund Freud Lecture by Lisa Appignanesi (in English)


May 19: Book presentation „Der heißeste Wunsch der Menschheit“ by Moritz Senarclens de Grancy and talk with Thomas Druyen. Moderation: Daniela Finzi (in German)


May 20: Workshop "Nostalgia Between Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis" with Luna Dolezal, Cathrin Fischer, Leyla Sophie Gleissner, Philippe van Haute, Dorothée Legrand, Delia Popa, Line Ryberg Ingerslev, Manu Sharma, Georg Stenger, Dylan Trigg, and Maren Wehrle (in English, with support from Sigmund Freud Foundation) (in English)


June 10 - 11: Conference "Thoughts for the Times on Groups and Masses"


Special Exhibitions


May 5 to October 16 "SURREAL! Imagining New Realities"


October 24 to January 8 "Analysis Interminable. Psychoanalytical Schools of Thought after Freud"