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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Freud's couch
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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 — 8 March 2015 *on now

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.
Freud Museum London

PROJECTIONS: Beyond Love And Death On The Silver Screen

  • 27 October — 1 December 2014 *on now

27 October 2014 - 1 December 2014
Mondays 7-9pm

PROJECTIONS: Beyond Love And Death On The Silver Screen
Six week evening course

Eros, the Ancient Greek word for romantic love, is a key concept in psychoanalytic theory. Influenced by Plato’s Symposium, where love leads to contemplation of the divine, Sigmund Freud named Eros as the life instinct: the expression of sexuality, evolutionary survival and social productivity. Early on, Freud defined erotic impulses as being opposed by the Ego, but later, in the 1920 book Beyond The Pleasure Principle, he placed Eros in contrast to violent death drives and the desire to return to an inorganic state (i.e., Thanatos).

The simultaneously binding and clashing forces of Eros and Thanatos together form an entwined dual system that is the source of all creation. ‘PROJECTIONS: Beyond Love And Death On The Silver Screen’ is a 6-week course exploring representations of the struggle between love and death in the human psyche, tracing the progression of this complex relationship in moving image, from innocent beginnings to suppressed sensual urges, via turbulent, addictive and fatal manifestations of romance, culminating in a passionate embrace with Plato’s ultimate vision of a higher love.

In terms of theoretical constructs, we will examine Freud’s writings on repression, projection, transference, libido, psychosexual development, oedipal attachment, obsessional neurosis, ego identification and the paradox of civilization, with a special focus on cinema as a special way of ‘remembering’ forgotten elements of love by confronting and reorganising the trauma of loss.

We will consider the following topics and movies in the course – advance viewing of feature films is optional, short scenes and video montages will be screened during weekly sessions:

Week 1 – FORMATIVE ENCOUNTERS: ROMANTIC RITES OF PASSAGE Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Twilight, Heartbeats, Breathless, Romeo and Juliet, Harold And Maude

Week 2 – NEUROTICA: OBSESSIONAL AVOIDANCE OF LOVE The Birds, Manhattan, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Faces, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Eyes Wide Shut

Week 3 – LUST, PERVERSIONS AND TUMULTUOUS ENTANGLEMENTS Henry And June, 9 Songs, Betty Blue, Sex Lies and Videotape, Last Tango In Paris, Salò: 120 Days of Sodom

Week 4 – LOVE IS A DRUG: ADDICTION AND SELF-OBLIVION Candy, Leaving Las Vegas, Shame, Pulp Fiction, 9 ½ Weeks, I Am A Sex Addict

Week 5 – KILLER INSTINCT OF UNREQUITED LOVE Hunger, Lost Highway, Double Indemnity, Revolutionary Road, Baise-Moi, The Crow

Week 6 – HAPPY ENDINGS: EVERLASTING EROS La Belle et la Bête, Les Amants du Pont Neuf, Sleeping Beauty, Brief Encounter, City Lights, Amour

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.

Admission

£85 Adults
£60 concessions/Member of the Freud Museum

Website

http://www.freud.org.uk/events/75670/projections-beyond-love-and-death-on-the-silver-screen/

Freud Museum London

Mildly Erotic Verse

  • 2 December 2014 7-9pm

Mildly Erotic Verse
Freud and Eros Late Opening - Poetry and Discussion

2 December 2014
7pm (doors open at 6pm)

Join the Emma Press for an evening of poetry inspired by The Emma Press Anthology of Mildly Erotic Verse. Three poets will read poems which celebrate human sexuality in all its messy, sexy glory and explore the eccentricity and diversity of eroticism, followed by a discussion about eroticism in poetry. The event will be hosted by publisher Emma Wright and the poets will be available to sign books afterwards.

This late opening event is part of a wide ranging and imaginative public programme of events, talks, films and performances accompanying the exhibition 'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing' - 22 October 2014 - 22 February 2015.

Admission

£7 Adults
£4 Concessions/Member of the Freud Museum

Website

http://www.freud.org.uk/events/75669/mildly-erotic-verse/

Freud Museum London UK

Being Good: Aichhorn and Anna

  • 9 December 2014 7-8:30pm

9 December 2014
7 - 8.30 pm

Being Good: Aichhorn and Anna

Performance: Gerald Davidson with Helen Clapp.

To celebrate Anna Freud 's birthday and the recently renovated Anna Freud Room, actor and researcher Gerald Davidson revisits his presentation first performed at the Anna Freud Centre in 2009. Helen Clapp returns as Anna Freud.

Easter 1948, Lausanne: Reunited for the first time since 1938, Anna Freud and August Aichhorn reminisce.

'Aichhorn 's death is a kind of full stop at the end of a great chapter in psychoanalysis...' Anna Freud,November 1949.

Admission

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

Website

http://freud.org.uk/events/75743/being-good-aichhorn-and-anna-/

Freud Museum London

Psychoanalysis after Freud

  • 8 January — 26 March 2015

8 January 2015 - 26 March 2015
Thursdays 6.30-8.30pm

Psychoanalysis after Freud

12 week evening course

The course will offer an overview of the main developments in psychoanalysis since Freud, including Jung, Klein, Winnicott and Lacan. We will examine how the most creative figures in psychoanalysis changed and developed Freud's ideas and methods, and discuss their criticisms of his work.

No prior knowledge will be assumed and you will be guided by an experienced tutor with many years' teaching experience.

Tutor: Keith Barrett BA PhD Having received his PhD from the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London, Dr Barrett specialises in both philosophy and psychoanalysis and has taught at several leading institutions, including Imperial College and Birkbeck College.

Admission

£175 Adults
£145 Members of the Museum, £110 students/unwaged

Website

http://freud.org.uk/events/75637/psychoanalysis-after-freud/

Freud Museum London

Carl Gustav Jung: avant-garde conservative, texts and contexts

  • 13 January 2015 7-8:30pm

13 January 2015
7pm

Carl Gustav Jung: avant-garde conservative, texts and contexts

Jay Sherry - talk followed by discussion with Gary Lachman

Carl Gustav Jung has always been a popular but never a fashionable thinker. His ground-breaking theories about dream interpretation and psychological types have often been overshadowed by charges that he was anti-Semitic and a Nazi sympathizer.
In his pioneering work on Carl Gustav Jung, author Jay Sherry took a fresh look at all aspects of his life and work, and considered the allegations against Jung in the broader context of his views on culture, politics, and race. In doing so, he provides a carefully considered, historically informed perspective on a figure whose legacy has been misunderstood by admirers and detractors alike.

'Carl Gustav Jung: Avant-Garde Conservative' by Jay Sherry won the Gradiva Award for Best Book from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in 2011

Jay Sherry is an independent historian of psychoanalysis and German intellectual history. He has lectured widely and written for a variety of psychoanalytic publications, primarily about the life and work of Carl Jung. He holds a PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin, and lives in New York.


Gary Lachman is the author of several books linking consciousness, culture, and the western esoteric tradition, including Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung's Life and Teaching (Tarcher/Penguin 2010). Lachman writes frequently for many journals in the US and UK, and lectures on his work in the US, UK, and Europe. His work has been translated into several languages.

Admission

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

Website

http://freud.org.uk/events/75776/carl-gustav-jung-avant-garde-conservative-texts-and-contexts/

Freud Museum London

THE PHILOSOPHY OF EROTIC LOVE

  • 14 January — 25 February 2015

14 January 2015 - 25 February 2015
6.30-8.30pm

THE PHILOSOPHY OF EROTIC LOVE

Six week evening course

Erotic love – earthy and gross yet transcendent and spiritual, wild yet exclusive, natural yet artificial, spontaneous and conventional. This course examines the Western tradition of erotic love, looking at key philosophers from Plato to the present, and touching on anthropology, literature and neuroscience. In doing so, it examines related ideas about the self, and what it is to be a human, and to be a man or a woman.

The course is led by Jane O’Grady, who co-edited Blackwell’s Dictionary of Philosophical Quotations with A. J. Ayer, and writes philosophers’ obituaries for the Guardian, and reviews and articles for various papers and journals. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at City University for the last twelve years, and is one of the seven founders of the London School of Philosophy.

Admission

£85 Adults
£60 concessions/Member of the Freud Museum

Website

http://freud.org.uk/events/75675/the-philosophy-of-erotic-love-/

Freud Museum London

Kakania

  • 22 January 2015 7-8:30pm

22 January 2015
7pm

Kakania

Freud Museum Late Opening: Poetry and Performance

Kakania is a unique celebration of the explosive intellectual and artistic culture of Habsburg Austria 100 years ago through brand new contemporary commissions from leading lights in London’s poetry and art scene.

The tumult of early 20th century Austria reshaped culture forever through the outpouring and intermingling of titanic figures like Freud, Klimt, Musil, Schnitzler, Zweig, Mahler, Wittgenstein, Schiele and many, endless others. In this night of performance, literature, poetry and art, which will wind its way through the rooms of the museum, and around the life and times of Sigmund Freud, a series of groundbreaking artists from our own tumultuous city and from across Europe, will call back against or in celebration of, a multitude of these great figures. Featuring Emily Berry, Morten Søndergaard, Damir Sodan, Colin Herd & many others. Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum and produced by the Enemies project.

Admission

£7 Adults
£4 concessions/Members of the Freud Museum

Website

http://freud.org.uk/events/75773/kakania/

Freud Museum London

Love, Lust and Longing in Greek Poetry and Image

  • 27 January 2015 7-8:30pm

27 January 2015
7pm - exhibition viewing from 6pm

Love, Lust and Longing in Greek Poetry and Image

Dr Peter Agocs - in partnership with the Petrie Museum

Explore the imagery of Eros through Freud’s collection of antiquities and writings and the response of contemporary artists in the current exhibition 'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing'. Followed by a talk by Dr Peter Agocs (UCL Greek & Latin) on the use of Eros as an emblem of desire in Greek lyric poetry and what was understood by ‘Eros’ in the classical world.

Part of an imaginative season of talks, events and performances accompanying the exhibition 'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing' 22 October 2014 - 22 February 2015.

Admission

£10 Adults
£7 concessions/Member of the Freud Museum and the Petrie Museum.

Website

http://freud.org.uk/events/75774/-love-lust-and-longing-in-greek-poetry-and-image/

Freud Museum London

Parlour Symbolique

  • 29 January 2015 7-8:30pm

29 January 2015
7pm

Parlour Symbolique

Freud and Eros Late Opening - Performance Art

Parlour Symbolique explores the idea of the house as embodiment the psyche, detached from the domestic sphere and immersed in the symbolic. The event shall highlight the house as mind through an oneiric series of glimpses, whispers, and veiled echoes evoking the fantasies and explorations which have etched themselves invisibly into its walls. Freud’s presence and thought sits at the centre of this uncanny tapestry like a camera obscura; reflecting strange echoes of memory which haunt the space. Parlour Symbolique shall present new site-specific works from eleven contemporary live artists that engage with these aspects of the house, its history, and Freud’s thinking. Each work shall inhabit a different part of the space, some roaming, some static, providing an extension of the house’s unique atmosphere which engages the audience interactively, encouraging new, exciting ways of experiencing the space.

The Parlour Collective is a group of contemporary international artists which produce shows that use the medium of performance to explore the mechanism of historical and psycho-geographical engagement. The site-specific events they create delve into the mythologies of the everyday, and the trail of history which surrounds our experience of space.
The Parlour Collective has produced shows across the world in spaces ranging from antequated operating theatres to small islands. They have exhibited in a wide range of countries including France, England, Norway and Portugal.


This late opening event is part of a wide ranging and imaginative public programme of events, talks, films and performances accompanying the exhibition 'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing' - 22 October 2014 - 22 February 2015.

Admission

£7 Adults
£4 Concessions/Member of the Freud Museum

Website

http://freud.org.uk/events/75685/parlour-symbolique/

Freud Museum London

SCENT AND SEDUCTION: a cultural history

  • 3 February 2015 7-8:30pm

3 February 2015
7pm

SCENT AND SEDUCTION: a cultural history.

An interactive talk by Odette Toilette

In this interactive talk by Odette Toilette (aka Lizzie Ostrom, fragrance specialist), the Freud Museum hosts a guided tour on the history of scent to beguile and seduce. Starting with ancient civilisations and ending with now, how has desire been channeled into our use of aromatics? Looking at emotive nomenclature, ingredients, packaging and advertising history, Odette will invite you to sniff and learn about seminal perfumes, including Elsa Schiaparelli's outragious creation Shocking (1937), Christian Dior's Eau Sauvage from 1966 and Christian Dior's infamous Poison.

Since her first event in 2010, fragrance lover Odette Toilette (aka Lizzie Ostrom) has been changing the way we think about our sense of smell ever since. Her interactive experiences have made learning about perfume fun, encompassing teen scent nostalgia workshops, sniffable history lectures, and scented tours of art galleries. An infectious public speaker Odette has presented at institutions such as The British Museum, The Wellcome Collection, The Natural History Museum, Somerset House, the Museum of London and Tate Britain, and frequently appears in broadcast media as a commentator on the industry. She works with personal care brands on new product development and communications, and is co-founder with Rodd Design of ode, a new venture using fragrance to support people with dementia. Odette is currently writing her first book, A Century of Scent in 100 Perfumes (Hutchinson, 2015).

Admission

£12 Adults
£8 concessions/Members of the Freud Museum

includes a glass of wine.

Website

http://freud.org.uk/events/75747/scent-and-seduction-a-cultural-history-/

Freud Museum London

White Flags: Screening and Discussion

  • 5 February 2015 7-8:30pm

5 February 2015
7pm - doors open at 6.30pm

White Flags: Screening and Discussion

Caroline Rooney and Julia Borossa

Join us for a screening of 'White Flags' (46 minutes), directed by Caroline Rooney and Rita Sakr. Followed by a discussion with Caroline Rooney and Julia Borossa on psychoanalysis, activism, trust-building, memory work and other questions opened up by the film.

Based on extensive fieldwork and research in Lebanon, White Flags is a work based on filmed portraits of individual Lebanese citizens from different backgrounds reflecting on their respective trust-building initiatives.

The documentary explores current issues in Lebanon relating to conflictual post-war memory, ideological and sectarian divisions, socio-economic problems, and peacebuilding initiatives by individuals and organisations who seek to actively intervene in their society and rebuild trust amid the challenges and dangers of ongoing crises. It conceptually and artistically explores the importance of white flags in a country where the national flag has oftentimes had its significance stolen and where the variously coloured flags of embattled political parties have heightened tensions and divisions.

The film features interviews with psychoanalyst Chawki Azouri, journalist Jeanine Jalkh, president of ‘Memory for the Future’ association Amal Makarem, and artists-activists Raouf Rifai and Aurelien Zouki. It was completed with the participation of cinematographer and second unit director Johnny Hchaime and the production management team at The Media Trust, London. It was funded by Research Councils UK.

Admission

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

Website

http://freud.org.uk/events/75806/white-flags-screening-and-discussion/

Freud Museum London

EROS AND DEATH

  • 11 February 2015 7-8:30pm

11 February 2015
7pm

EROS AND DEATH: Exploring Freud's Eros vs the Death Instinct through Life Drawing

Art Macabre Death Drawing Salon

A few days before Valentine's Day, Art Macabre and the Freud Museum London present a special collaboration on the theme of Eros and Death.

As part of the Museum's exhibition 'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing', Art Macabre presents a special life drawing salon within the museum. Sketch nude figures and create your own memento mori images, conveying visually the struggle between Eros and death, between the life force and the drive for destruction.

Explore Freud's dichotomy between Eros and the death instinct through drawing, at this evening event that will take place across the museum's rooms. Art Macabre, London's leading purveyors of life drawing with a deathly twist, facilitate an exploration of the concept of Eros through tableaux featuring nude and costumed models and skulls to be sketched, narrative and creative responses to the museum space and the exhibition.

Capture in your life drawings the idea of Eros - "the preserver of life"- interacting and counteracting the death-instinct. A unique opportunity to explore the Freud Museum, including Freud's study, after dark.

Admission

£15 Adults

Website

http://freud.org.uk/events/75784/eros-and-death-exploring-freuds-eros-vs-the-death-instinct-through-life-drawing/

Freud Museum London

Paper with Sacred Signs

  • 2 March 2015 7-8:30pm

2 March 2015
7pm - doors open at 6.30pm

Paper with Sacred Signs: The Sigmund Freud - Martha Bernays Correspondence
(1882-86)

Michael Molnar

All lovers reinvent love - after their fashion. Sigmund Freud and Martha Bernays were no exception. In over 1,500 love letters from 1882 to 1886 they lavishly documented their long engagement, its joys, tribulations and misunderstandings. Their newly-published correspondence paints an amazingly detailed day-to-day picture of the engaged couple’s lives and thoughts. At first sight it seems too much to take in. An encyclopaedic welter of information threatens to overwhelm us. Michael Molnar’s talk will blaze some trails through this unknown territory.


Michael Molnar worked at the Freud Museum London from its opening in1986 until 2009, first as researcher/archivist, then as Director. He edited and translated The Diary of Sigmund Freud 1929-39 (Chatto, 1992). His latest publication is Looking through Freud's Photos (Karnac, 2014).

Part of an exciting and imaginative season of talks and events accompanying the exhibition 'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing' 22 October 2014 - 22 February 2015.

Admission

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

Tickets include exhibition viewing from 6.30pm

Website

http://freud.org.uk/events/75790/paper-with-sacred-signs-the-sigmund-freud-martha-bernays-correspondence-1882-86/

Freud Museum London

The Real Jouissance of Uncountable Numbers

  • 24 March 2015 7-8:30pm

24 March 2015
7pm - doors open at 6.30pm

The Real Jouissance of Uncountable Numbers: The Philosophy of Science within Lacanian Psychoanalysis

Raul Moncayo and Magdalena Romanowicz

We are joined this evening by Raul Moncayo and Magdalena Romanowicz, who will discuss their forthcoming publication, 'The Real Jouissance of Uncountable Numbers: The Philosophy of Science within Lacanian Psychoanalysis' (Karnac Books, 2014).

"Ludwig Wittgenstein famously said “To learn from Freud, you have to be critical”. Much the same can be said of Jacques Lacan’s oeuvre. This wonderful volume provides a rigorous scaffolding to help us penetrate Lacanian density. Using mathematics and clinical experience as a basis, the authors lead us through Lacan’s antisystemic tradition. Their efforts enable us to approach one of the most influential French thinkers of the last century. Our efforts will be rewarded by reaching a deeper understanding of how Lacan manages to radically critique reductionism in psychiatry while expanding the non-reductionist revolution of Freud and psychoanalysis" Professor Hans Steiner.

Admission

£10/£7 concessions/Member of the Freud Museum (Tickets include exhibition viewing from 6pm)

Website

http://freud.org.uk/events/75763/the-real-jouissance-of-uncountable-numbers-the-philosophy-of-science-within-lacanian-psychoanalysis/

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