Sigmund Freud Museum receives the Austrian Museum Award 2023 (Österreichischer Museumspreis)

The 20,000 euro federal award is presented annually for outstanding achievements in the field of museum work by the Museum Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service, and Sport (BMKÖS).

"The person Sigmund Freud shapes and moves Vienna to this day. The Sigmund Freud Museum is a place of remembrance and commemoration and much more: It is a place of education, inspiration and a place for new ideas - a museum site of international significance," Andrea Mayer, Secretary of State for Art and Culture, states.

In its jury statement, the Museum Advisory Board of the BMKÖS, consisting of Andrea Bina, Edith Hessenberger, Monika Holzer-Kernbichler, Nadja Al Masri-Gutternig, and Niko Wahl, emphasizes:

"The contemporary exhibition design subtly maintains the link to the present. [...] Freud's practice is shown again, but not reconstructed as if the physician had just left. It is marked by a striking blank space. [...] The house communicates with the audience on many levels, including the means of art, whose development Freud influenced with his insights. Many different layers of education are used to tell the story of Sigmund Freud, his family, the house, and psychoanalysis to a scientific audience, but also to a broad public in order to make it accessible." (Excerpt from the jury's statement.)

Monika Pessler, director of the Sigmund Freud Museum, is very pleased to receive this award, "as it honors the work of the entire museum team in conveying Freud's important cultural heritage, as well as the museum activities at the 'origin of psychoanalysis' that go beyond conventional formats."

The official award ceremony will take place during the Austrian Museum Day on October 12 in Hohenems (Vorarlberg, Austria).


More about the Austrian Museum Award (Österreichischer Museumspreis)

Press release of the BMKÖS


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