Freud Museum London
Listed house in Hampstead where Sigmund Freud and his family lived after fleeing the Nazis in 1938. The Museum was founded in 1986. It has featured in numerous films and TV broadcasts and hosts regular exhibitions and events. It is available for hire for filming and evening functions.
Senior Citizens: £4.50
Concs: £3.00 (with valid student ID card, children aged 12-16, unemployed persons, disabled persons)
Under 12s: Free
- Museums Association
Our library, study and research facilities are open by appointment only.
Sigmund Freud's large collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Oriental antiquities and his library. His study with the psychoanalytic couch preserve his working environment. A reference library, archive and picture library document the history of psychoanalysis.
Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History
Key artists and exhibits
- Freud's couch; Dali portrait of Freud; Brouillet print of Charcot; Abu Simbel print; photographs of Yvette Guilbert, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Lou Andreas-Salome, Charcot, Freud family.
'Unravel These Knots' Emma Talbot
- 10 February — 10 April 2016 *on now
Through the immediate, inventive qualities of the drawn and handmade, Talbot finds a means of registering those things that remain intangible – thoughts, memories, emotions, and psychological associations.
The basis of her practice is ongoing drawing, giving a constantly developing account of her life that focuses on the thought processes that lend and narrate meaning to experience. Through the work’s proliferation of words and pictures, Talbot is able to leap back and forth in time and between memory and imagination to deliver an intimate, poetic and inventive world, charting her own psychology. Specifically, her work records pictures from the mind’s eye that can’t be captured by mechanical means, revealing idiosyncratic connective leaps and associations that underpin her personal narrative.
- Family friendly
£7, £5, £4, under 12 free
'PROJECTIONS: Andrei Tarkovsky's metaphysical dream zone' Seven week evening course - in partnership with Cygnnet Publishing
- 11 January — 22 February 2016 *on now
The new PROJECTIONS series by Mary Wild in partnership with Cygnnet Publishing, is a 7-week course dedicated to the exploration of Tarkovsky’s acclaimed filmography, providing a platform for interactive engagement with one of the most influential figures in the history of cinema. Almost every Tarkovskian frame is hyper-significant and dense with meaning; so psychoanalysis will serve a vital function, facilitating a multitude of interpretations and searching for possibilities in “dream rooms” through which Tarkovsky moved with great ease. Memories, attachment, alienation, identity, nostalgia, conflict, transcendence and the uncanny are some of the concepts that will foster a deeper understanding of the Russian master’s uniquely captivating vision. Through a combination of group discussion and an appreciation of Tarkovsky’s theoretical perspective, we will attempt to reassess and become aware of our unconscious connection to these notoriously challenging works of art – a practice that is not dissimilar to the psychoanalytic tradition itself.
Full filmography (advance viewing is optional, select scenes will be shown during weekly sessions):
Week 1 – Ivan's Childhood (1962): an orphan boy’s experiences during World War II
Week 2 – Andrei Rublev (1966): the life, times and afflictions of 15th-century Russian icon painter
Week 3 – Solaris (1972): mysterious phenomena taking place aboard a space station orbiting a fictional planet
Week 4 – Mirror (1975): dying man remembers his childhood, mother and recent Russian history
Week 5 – Stalker (1979): guide leads two men through the Zone to find a room that grants wishes
Week 6 – Nostalghia (1983): poet travels through Italy researching the life of 18th-century Russian composer
Week 7 – The Sacrifice (1986): middle-aged intellectual bargains with God to stop impending nuclear holocaust
PROJECTIONS is psychoanalysis for film interpretation. PROJECTIONS empowers film spectators to express subjective associations they consider to be meaningful. Expertise in psychoanalytic theory is not necessary - the only prerequisite is the desire to enter and inhabit the imaginary world of film, which is itself a psychoanalytic act. MARY WILD, a Freudian cinephile from Montreal, is the creator of PROJECTIONS.
Full course: £110/£80 concessions/Friends of the Freud Museum
Per session: £18/£14 concessions/Friends of the Freud Museum
Avoiding The Object (On Purpose): Cornelia Parker in conversation with Darian Leader, 30th Anniversary event
- 24 February 2016 7-9pm
Artist Cornelia Parker will be in conversation with Psychoanalyst and Author, Darian Leader, discussing her art and its relation to the unconscious. They will talk about transitional objects, avoiding the object on purpose, memory, and violence as a metaphor.
Nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997, Cornelia Parker became well known for her installations and interventions, including Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View 1991 (Tate Modern) where she suspended the fragments of a garden shed, blown up for her by the British Army, and The Maybe, a collaboration with actress Tilda Swinton, at the Serpentine Gallery in 1995. She is currently working on the annual roof commission for the Metropolitan Museum, New York.
She has works in the Tate Collection, MoMA and Met Museum NY and in numerous public and private collections in Europe and the USA. She was elected to the Royal Academy in 2009 and awarded an OBE 2010. She is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London.
Darian Leader is a writer, psychoanalyst, trustee of the Freud Museum and founding member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research. He has written numerous books, including Strictly Bipolar (2013), What is Madness? (2011), The New Black (2008) and Freud's Footnotes (2000).
£15/£10 concessions/Friend of the Freud Museum
Intimacy Unguarded: Gender, the Unconscious and Contemporary Art
- 27 February 2016 9:30am-5pm
One of the most intimate aspects of the human subject is the unconscious. This symposium examines the ways in which this material becomes the basis for contemporary art, critical writing and the dynamics of the consulting room. The speakers will provide a number of perspectives on the relationship between gender, the unconscious and intimacy. As well as first hand accounts from contemporary artists there will be a new reading of Marlene Dumas’ intimate art practice. The psychoanalytic process of ‘patient presentation’ will be examined, as well as how the process of being in analysis becomes inadvertently manifest when artists exhibit their work in the Freud Museum.
£60 / £45 students and concessions
£5 reduction for Friends of the Freud Museum
A Consumer's Guide to Therapy: Professor Brett Kahr in Conversation with Dan Chambers
- 1 March 2016 7-9pm
Psychotherapy has become a mainstay of our emotional wellbeing, and yet, in spite of its century-long track record, many people still regard “therapy” with a certain suspicion. Is psychotherapy simply a self-indulgent exercise in navel-gazing for bored, well-heeled neurotics with too much time on their hands, or is it, in fact, an essential route to the achievement of solid mental health, enhanced creativity and productivity, and richer, more gratifying intimate relationships?
In this seminar, the television producer Dan Chambers will speak with Professor Brett Kahr, one of Great Britain’s leading psychotherapists, and together, they will explore in detail both the myths and the realities about the psychotherapeutic process. The evening will consider such fundamental and frequently asked questions as:
• What actually happens in psychotherapy?
• How long might therapy last?
• Does therapy blame everything on one’s parents?
• Will I be cured or will I be brain-washed?
• How do I find an experienced and trustworthy psychotherapist?
• How much will psychotherapy cost?
• Will I still recognise myself at the end of the process?
• Might there be any risks associated with undergoing therapy?
We will consider psychotherapy in its historical context, examining the way in which the art and science of psychotherapy has evolved since Sigmund Freud’s creation of the “talking cure”.
This evening workshop will allow ample time for discussion and questions from the audience.
£10/£7 concessions/Friends of the Freud Museum
Conference: Psychosis and Psychoanalysis
- 20 March 2016 9:30am-5:30pm
The relation between psychosis and psychoanalysis is a paradoxical one. Psychosis is a core term in the theory of psychoanalysis, a site of clinical challenges and radical questioning. Yet it has no place in classic psychoanalytic technique.
Is there a place for psychosis in psychoanalysis? Is there a place for psychoanalysis in psychosis?
This one-day conference brings together eminent practitioners of psychoanalysis from a variety of theoretical perspectives to discuss these complex and topical questions. Drawing on their important contributions to the area of psychosis, the speakers will reflect on the political, theoretical and technical implications of their work.
- Any age
£70 Full Price / £55 Students/Concessions
£5 reduction for Members of the Freud Museum
Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
020 7435 2002
020 7431 5452