PAUL COLDWELL : TEMPORARILY ACCESSIONED: FREUD’S COAT REVISITED
Feb 22 - May 7, 2017
Temporarily Accessioned: Freud’s Coat Revisited by the artist and researcher Paul Coldwell, is an opportunity to present new work by the artist, twenty years after first exhibiting at the museum in a show entitled Freud’s Coat. The new work not only responds to this earlier encounter but also represents the first occasion where the museum in London has collaborated with the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna in this way.
SECRETS OF THE SOUL
Apr 5 - May 7, 2017
Students from the Slade School of Fine Art and University of the Arts London
This new exhibition of works commissioned by UCL’s Psychoanalysis Unit explores the significance of secrets in psychic life and in psychoanalysis. Six student artists from the Slade School of Fine Art and the University of the Arts London have produced pieces that reflect on the fascination of secrets, meditating on art’s capacity both to reveal and conceal, and challenging Freud’s conviction that ‘no mortal can keep a secret’ from a psychoanalytically trained observer.
BEYOND THE WHITE CUBE : ARTISTS INTERVENTIONS AT THE FREUD MUSEUM
Apr 22, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm
This half-day symposium uses Paul Coldwell’s current exhibition at the Freud Museum, Temporarily Accessioned: Freud’s Coat Revisited as a starting point to explore artistic interventions inside and outside the Freud Museum.
The Freud Museum is the antithesis to the concept of ‘the white cube’, a space stripped of references wherein artworks can be viewed without distraction. Here the artist has to fight for space and compete with an environment not only rich in material possessions, but also in the stories that it fosters. This symposium considers ways that artists and curators have approached this challenge and how increasingly, digital media has become part of an artist’s studio practice.
THE BEST POSSIBLE SCHOOL
May 10 - Jul 16, 2017
Modernism, creativity, the freedom to grow as a “free and self-reliant human being” – with these beliefs, Anna Freud, the youngest daughter of Sigmund Freud, and Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham, the youngest daughter of the great American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded Vienna’s Hietzing School.
To Erik H. Erikson who taught there, it was “the best possible school” and today its true significance, as both the teachers and the students remember it, comes to life in a dynamic new exhibit at the Freud Museum London.
Four historic photographs of Sigmund Freud are on view for the first time, along with original paintings and over 75 vintage pictures from private collections in Europe and America. Notable drawings, manuscripts and autographs make vivid the founders’ vision of the Hietzing School’s origins and sequels, its day-to-day experience and its enduring influence on our understanding of education and the developing mind.
SLEEPING BEAUTY : FRANKO B
May 10 - Jul 16, 2017
THE WOMEN : OUR PSYCHOANALYTIC MOTHERS
May 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
This presentation, via theatrical performance, reveals the story of six remarkable female psychoanalysts - Helene Deutsch, Melanie Klein, Anna Freud, Karen Horney, and Marie-Louise von Franz.
The lives of these women spanned two centuries, three continents and two World Wars. Each of these women made original contributions to the development of psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice.
The five performers are themselves all authors and/or clinical practitioners and their performances will be given greater depth and informed by their professional experience.
This presentation is inspired by a desire to foster dialogue among mental health practitioners. Many of the challenges therapists face in their daily clinical practice will be illuminated by an appreciation of how these five pioneering women confronted and redefined prevailing forms of psychotherapy in their own lifetimes.
The Creative Director, Dr. Louise DeCosta, has previously brought two other original presentations to the Freud Museum, The Freud/Ferenczi Letters and The Freud/Jung Letters. This is the London debut of the new presentation, first performed in the US, and here through the generosity of the Director and her troupe of analyst/author/performers.
The duration of the presentation is approx. 60mins, followed by a Q&A.
Free with admission - no need to book.
THE LIMITS OF EDUCATION? PERFORMANCE BY GERALD DAVIDSON
Jun 7, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- All education is conservative?
- Relative to the society that delivers the education.
- But what of psychoanalytically based education?
Vienna 1924. Marxist psychoanalyst and Jewish youth worker Siegfried Bernfeld and Anna Freud reflect on their hopes and fears for postwar education. They discuss the failure of the Baumgarten Centre for Jewish refugee children and the development of child facilities in Social Democratic ('Red') Vienna - and what the future may hold for both of them.
- My views make both the Marxists and the Freudians very angry- well I say both Marx and Freud are right- but not the Marxists nor the Freudians. What is in children forced exploitation is made to appear to them as sacrificial love.
Gerald Davidson is joined by Helen Clapp who will read the part of Anna Freud.
Gerald Davidson continues his series of dramatic presentations on second generation psychoanalytic pioneers, which include Mad about Otto, What Little Hans Knew and Being Good.
This event coincides with the exhibition 'The Best Possible School: Anna Freud, Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham and the Hietzing School in 1920s Vienna', on display at the Museum from 10 May - 16 July 2017.
MOURNING AND MELANCHOLIA : DEATH DRAWING WITH ART MACABRE
Jun 14, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Art Macabre, purveyors of life drawing with a deathly twist, present a special event in collaboration with the Freud Museum. Explore and draw the complex web of emotions associated with these two states of loss, and their links to depression. Nude and veiled models will pose throughout the museum, presenting poetic tableaux and symbols portraying absence and loss. Draw their presence and explore ideas of negative space and absence through your sketches too. With poetry readings by William Blake and quotes from Freud's essay "Mourning and Melancholia" published 100 years ago.