Freud Museum London

Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
London
Greater London
NW3 5SX
England

Website

www.freud.org.uk/

E-mail

info@freud.org.uk

Telephone

020 7435 2002

Fax

020 7431 5452

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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Wed 12.00-20.30
Thurs-Sun 12.00-17.00

Admission charges

Adults: £6.00
Senior Citizens: £4.50
Concs: £3.00 (with valid student ID card, children aged 12-16, unemployed persons, disabled persons)
Under 12s: Free

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Additional info

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.

Collection details

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.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Eros, Terracotta, Myrina, Asia Minor, about 330 BC, Possible 19th century copy. Museum number 3898

Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing

  • 22 October 2014 — 22 February 2015

A new exhibition, 'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing', explores Sigmund Freud's revolutionary ideas on love and the libidinal drive with an innovative combination of Freud's own art collection, his writings and letters, together with the response of contemporary artists.

Love remains an ever intriguing and complex emotion. To examine Freud's theories on this topic, key works in his collection will be displayed, including statues of Eros, and other erotic and related deities and objects. Freud's antiquities are usually arranged in his study at the Freud Museum. This exhibition, situated in the upstairs gallery, will give visitors the opportunity to view more closely and in detail these rare and beautiful works.

Freud's theories on Eros, the love force and libido of psychoanalysis, also provide the context for an investigation of Sigmund Freud's personal experiences. Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing' traces his passionate courtship of his future wife Martha Bernays. The couple exchanged literally hundreds of letters during their four year engagement. A selection of their letters reveals a relationship that was both ardent and intellectual. Memorabilia, including family photographs, supplement this intimate aspect of Freud's life.

Eros, the Greek god of love, the winged messenger of desire, is well represented in Freud's stunning collection of around two and a half thousand antiquities. Freud explored the meaning of Eros in his writings, and the exhibition draws out the profound connections between classical Greek culture, the works collected by Freud and the development of psychoanalysis. To Freud, Eros could spark the civilizing force of love that resulted in fulfilling relationships as well as unleashing turbulent, unbridled and destructive emotions.

The complex ideas raised by psychoanalysis are also examined through the eyes of highly regarded contemporary artists. Works include a newly commissioned sculpture by Jodie Carey, plus contributions by Edmund de Waal, Rachel Kneebone and Hannah Collins. These works not only contextualise Freud's collection but also provide and fresh and insightful ways to consider love, lust and longing.

Admission

£7/£5/£4/under 12's free

Website

http://www.freud.org.uk/exhibitions/75653/freud-and-eros-love-lust-and-longing/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
The Freud Museum

What about Me? The struggle for identity in a market-based society

  • 1 October 2014 7-8:30pm

1 October 2014
7-8.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

What about Me? The struggle for identity in a market-based society
Paul Verhaeghe in conversation with Lisa Appignanesi

In' What about Me?' Paul Verhaeghe’s main concern is how social change has led to a psychic crisis and altered the way we think about ourselves. He investigates the effects of 30 years of neoliberalism, free-market forces, privatisation, and the relationship between our engineered society and individual identity. It turns out that who we are is, as always, determined by the context in which we live. Tonight he discusses these concerns with Lisa Appignanesi, former Chair of the Freud Museum and author most recently of ’Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness’.

‘Paul Verhaeghe brilliantly captures the long-term impact that living in a profit-obsessed society has had on our psychology. An excellent book.'
– Hanif Kureishi

Paul Verhaeghe PHD, is senior professor at Ghent University and holds the chair of the department for psychoanalysis and counselling psychology. He has published eight books, with five translated into English.' Love in a Time of Loneliness' became an international bestseller and 'What about Me?' has been reprinted ten times within its first year of publication.

Admission

£10/£7 concessions/Member of the Freud Museum

Advance booking essential

For further information contact eventsandmedia@freud.org.uk or +44 (0)20 7435 2002

Ticket cancellation policy: Please note we are unable to refund tickets, or transfer the booking to another event, less than 48 hours before the event.

Website

http://www.freud.org.uk/events/75648/what-about-me-the-struggle-for-identity-in-a-market-based-society/

The Freud Museum

The Fentiman Brothers at War: Shell Shock, Emotional Resilience and the Cultural Memory of the First World War

  • 2 October 2014 From 7pm

2 October 2014
7pm - doors open at 6pm

The Fentiman Brothers at War: Shell Shock, Emotional Resilience and the Cultural Memory of the First World War
Dr Jessica Meyer

Dorothy L. Sayers's 1928 novel 'The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club' is, as the title hints, a novel about war. At its centre are two brothers, George, who was gassed in the First World War and sufferers from shell shock in its aftermath, and Robert, a Regular army officer who was 'a jolly fine soldier'. Although presented as two individuals, these two characters represent two sides of the same coin, namely inverse psychological responses to the experience of war. George's shell shock is a classic flight into illness, while Robert's emotional resilience that borders on callousness. In this lecture, Dr Meyer will explore Sayers's representation of these two characters in detail, locating them in both developing understandings of war trauma and British cultural memory of the First World War. In doing so, she hopes to shed new light on how shell shock has become the dominant symbolic wound of the war in British culture, shaping both our historical understanding of the war and our current commemorative practices.

This talk is part of a series of events accompanying the exhibition 'Why War', 6 August - 19 October 2014.

Admission

£10/£7 concessions/Member of the Freud Museum

Advance booking essential.

For further information contact eventsandmedia@freud.org.uk or +44 (0)20 7435 2002

Ticket cancellation policy: Please note we are unable to refund tickets, or transfer the booking to another event, less than 48 hours before the event.

Website

http://www.freud.org.uk/events/75655/the-fentiman-brothers-at-war-shell-shock-emotional-resilience-and-the-cultural-memory-of-the-first-world-war/

The freud Museum London

Michelangelo's Moses-Idol

  • 7 October 2014 7-8:30pm

7 October 2014
7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

Michelangelo's Moses-Idol: "Renaissance" as Return of the Repressed

Nathanael Price

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing [...] Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the lord thy God am a jealous God.” Exodus, 20:4-5

“And well may the Jews go, as they do each Sabbath […] to visit and adore [the Moses of Michelangelo], since it is not something human, but divine that they adore.”
Giorgio Vasari, Vita di Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1550

“No piece of statuary has ever made a stronger impression on me than this.”
Sigmund Freud, The Moses of Michelangelo, 1914

In Vasari’s account of Michelangelo’s famous Moses, he describes how the contemporary Roman Jews abandoned their religious observances to “visit and adore” the statue of their own iconoclastic lawgiver on the tomb of Pope Julius II. The circumstances of this (imaginary) conversion – wherein the Jews establish their own image-cult of Moses – seems to epitomise the Freudian concept of the return of the repressed; the “inexorable” rule by which repressed psychic or cultural material (in this case idolatrous worship) re-emerges through the very agent of repression; here, the forbidding figure of Moses, destroyer of the Golden Calf.

Vasari’s story might be a fiction, but he recognised something inherent in Michelangelo’s statue; something that Freud himself would not admit when, four centuries later, he retraced the steps of the imaginary Jewish pilgrims. The idea of this talk – a centenary response to Freud’s essay, “The Moses of Michelangelo” – is that his concept of repression has unexploited potential as a tool for understanding not only the Moses, but Renaissance art and culture in more general terms. There is evidence, moreover, that Michelangelo and his contemporaries were as conscious of the cultural mechanisms of repression and recurrence as was Freud himself.

Nathanael Price is an academic art historian, now working on an AHRC-funded doctoral research project at University College London. His general research interest is in the historical interpretation and cultural legacy of the Mosaic image prohibition, and in particular the intersection between Jewish and Christian visual cultures in Renaissance Italy; areas in which he finds Freudian psychoanalytic theory has unexploited potential.

Admission

£10 Adult
£7 concessions/Members of the Freud Museum

Website

http://freud.org.uk/events/75663/michelangelos-moses-idol-renaissance-as-return-of-the-repressed/

The Freud Museum London

Know Your Enemy

  • 16 October 2014 7-8:30pm

Know Your Enemy: Images of the Enemy in Propaganda in the Twentieth Century

David Welch

16 October 2014
7pm - doors open at 6.30pm


David Welch will discuss how one of the most striking means by which different propaganda media have influenced social and political attitudes, changing or reinforcing them has been through the use of stereotypes - conventional figures that have come to be regarded as representative of particular classes, races, nations, etc. Drawing largely from the experience of war or conflict, the talk will use propaganda artefacts such as pamphlets, postcards, cartoons, film and TV.

This talk is part of a series of events accompanying the exhibition 'Why War', 6 August - 19 October 2014.

Admission

£10 Adult
£7 Concessions/Member of the Freud Museum

Website

http://freud.org.uk/events/75656/-know-your-enemy-images-of-the-enemy-in-propaganda-in-the-twentieth-century/

Freud Museum London

PSYCHOANALYSIS, PSYCHIATRY AND MILITARY MENTAL HEALTH

  • 18 October 2014 9:30am-5pm

PSYCHOANALYSIS, PSYCHIATRY AND MILITARY MENTAL HEALTH
Day Conference at The Anna Freud Centre

18 October 2014
9.30am - 5.00pm

The psychological problems of military and ex-military personnel is high on the agenda of current political, media and therapeutic interest. Military conflict and its psychological consequences has been an important determinant in the development of psychiatry and psychoanalysis in the 20th century, and the treatment of casualties of war have led to new understandings of trauma. This conference looks at the history of military psychology and the lessons that can be learned from current forms of treatment.

SPEAKERS AND TITLES

Michael Molnar
Lingering Trauma: Freud's War with Psychiatry

Tom Harrison
Strange Meetings at Northfield: Dilemmas of Psychiatry at War

Emile Wijnans
Ten Years Down: An Army Psychologist’s Reflections

Mike Swinburne

Jo Stubley
Psychoanalytic principles in the understanding of complex trauma

John Gale
A therapeutic community for traumatised veterans

Admission

Registration; £60 / £45 students/concessions
(£5 discount for Members of Freud Museum)

Advance booking essential

For further information contact ivan@freud.org.uk or +44 (0)20 7435 2002

Website

http://www.freud.org.uk/events/75659/psychoanalysis-psychiatry-and-military-mental-health/

Eros, Terracotta, Myrina, Asia Minor, about 330 BC, Possible 19th century copy. Museum number 3898

Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing - Curator's Talk

  • 28 October 2014 7-8:30pm

The god of love is one of the best represented deities in Freud's impressive collection of antiquities. Join Dr Burke, the exhibition's curator, as she discusses the profound connections between classical Greek culture, the artworks collected by Freud and the development of psychoanalysis. Freud understood the god well: Eros could spark the civilizing force of love that resulted in fulfilling relationships as well as unleashing turbulent, unbridled and destructive emotions. Dr Burke will also draw on Freud's personal experience of Eros in his passionate courtship of his future wife Martha Bernays.

Dr Burke is the author of The Gods of Freud: Sigmund Freud's Art Collection (2006). She is Adjunct Lecturer, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, Melbourne.

Doors open at 6:30pm, the talk will begin promptly at 7pm

Admission

£10/£7

Website

http://www.freud.org.uk/events/75654/freud-and-eros-love-lust-and-longing/

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The Modernist Offence: Egon Schiele and the Naked Female Body

  • 11 November 2014 7-8:30pm

Art historian Gemma Blackshaw, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Plymouth, will discuss Egon Schiele's drawings of the naked female body in the context of pornography in Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century. Focusing on an 'obscene' portfolio of prints from drawings by Schiele implicated in the 1923 arrest of one of his dealers, Gemma will look at the incriminating relationships between drawing and photography, art and pornography that defined the young artist's modernist practice.

Gemma has contributed to the catalogue accompanying the forthcoming exhibition Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude at The Courtauld Gallery (23 Oct 2014 – 18 January 2015); her talk will be based on this research and will include illustrations of the images on display.

Doors open at 6:30pm, the talk will begin promptly at 7pm.

Admission

£10/£7

Website

http://www.freud.org.uk/events/75657/the-modernist-offence-egon-schiele-and-the-naked-female-body-/

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