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: £7
Concs: £5.00 (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.
Leaving Today: the Freuds in Exile 1938
- 18 July — 30 September 2018 *on now
On Saturday 4 June 1938, Sigmund Freud, his wife, Martha, and their daughter Anna left Vienna forever. On the same day, Freud sent a note to his friend, the writer, Arnold Zweig. In it he wrote, briefly, “Leaving today for 39 Elsworthy Road, London NW3 …”.
Freud’s note was simple, but behind it lay a complex and dangerous series of events and an urgent need to escape. Hitler’s annexation of Austria to Germany on 13 March had placed Austrian Jews in immediate danger. Within days, Freud’s apartment and publishing house had been raided. A week later, Anna was arrested and questioned by the Gestapo.
Now, after weeks of uncertainty, Freud, Martha and Anna boarded a train to take them across Europe to Paris, and from there to London and a new life. Other family members had escaped just weeks earlier, but many friends and relatives remained behind to uncertain fates.
Featuring original documents, letters and objects, many of which have never been on public display before, this major new exhibition will reveal the stories of Freud’s and his family’s escape and exile. Key items include the original documents required for Freud and his family to leave Austria and enter Britain, Freud’s personal correspondence – including with celebrated figures such as Albert Einstein and H.G. Wells – and personal belongings.
Through the experiences of Freud and his family threads a universal story of flight and exile. Britain remains a refuge for many fleeing persecution, torture, enslavement and murder. At the center of the exhibition will be the voices of young people who attend the Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile through work they have created in collaboration with the artist Barnaby Barford. Each young person has come to Britain, unaccompanied, to seek refuge and safety.
The exhibition includes the first public display of "The Psychoanalyst" by Marie-Louise Motesiczky a generous gift from the Marie-Louise Motesiczky Foundation. The Museum is very pleased to add this painting from one of ‘Austria’s most important 20th-century painters’ to its collections.
Marie-Louise Motesiczky herself had an interesting link to Sigmund Freud and the Freud family. Marie-Louise and her family moved in similar circles to the Freuds. Her grandmother Anna von Lieben was a patient of Sigmund Freud’s, as were other relatives, while her brother Karl pursued his own studies in psychoanalysis with Wilhelm Reich. Like the Freuds, Marie- Louise and her mother fled Austria immediately after the Anschluss in 1938. They arrived in England in 1939 and spent the rest of their lives in Hampstead.
- Any age
Young persons (12-16): £5
Children under 12: Free
Friends of the museum: Free
Introducing Freud at the Freud Museum: 12 Week Evening Course
- 20 September — 6 December 2018
Tutor: Keith Barrett BA PhD
As Freud is so frequently referenced, it can easily be assumed that we already know everything about him, but the superficial manner in which his life and ideas are normally discussed conceals the fact that his writings and the thought behind them are poorly understood at the level of popular awareness, and that an accurate picture of Freud that does justice to the true nature of his achievements has never fully emerged. This situation has been exacerbated by the series of intense controversies that has raged around his ideas since they first became internationally known.
Nevertheless, since the mid-1970’s, distinguished scholars – including historians of science and cultural historians – have been producing groundbreaking studies illuminating in detail the context in which Freud was working, and the sequence of steps by which he arrived at the central ideas and methods of psychoanalysis. Taking the results of all these studies together, we now have an accurate and nuanced picture of Freud as a scientific investigator and therapeutic innovator, and of the actual process through which psychoanalysis was created.
The aim of ‘Introducing Freud’ is to revisit Freud’s most important writings – bringing to bear on our critical examination of his texts the results of the last 40 years of Freud scholarship. We will also take into account the major critiques of Freud’s work advanced in the last 70 years – for example, the feminist critique of Freud and the positivist critique of the scientific status of psychoanalysis – as well as exploring the important changes in our view of Freud brought about by advances in psychoanalysis itself.
Each session of the course will focus on selected passages from Freud’s writings (all the readings are taken from ‘The Freud Reader’ edited by Peter Gay), with the aim of enabling students to familiarise (or re-familiarise) themselves directly with his ideas, while clarifying the import of his most important concepts and theories, as well as his approach to the practice of psychoanalysis. This will provide the basis on which to evaluate the most recent scholarship devoted to the re-assessment of his achievements – and the current state of play in the principal debates surrounding his legacy.
We will place Freud’s writings accurately in their historical context – while also bringing into focus the relevance of his work to debates that are taking place at the present time.
The course will be accessible to beginners – but is also designed for those already familiar with Freud’s work who wish to acquaint themselves with the results of the latest research and scholarship and update themselves on the intellectual issues and controversies surrounding it.
£130 - £190
What would Sigmund Freud have thought about Islamic State?
- 26 September 2018 7-8:30pm
Islamic State is seen primarily through a political lens: the psychological motivation of such groups is poorly understood.
But we need to ask the question, do the inner disquiets of Islam make more sense to the psychoanalytic thinking than to the imams?
But what would Sigmund Freud have thought about Islamic State? Can Freudian psychoanalysis offer insight into the radicalisation of group members and the effect this has on the wider society?
Gabrielle Rifkind is the author of The Psychology of Political Extremism: What would Sigmund Freud have thought about Islamic State? and will be in discussion with Brett Kahr on this subject, offering a psychoanalytic approach to one of the most pressing yet sensitive topics currently unfolding in the world today.
Sigmund Freud’s final years were also marked by the rise of sudden political extremism forcing him to flee his home in Vienna and seek refuge in London. To coincide with the Freud Museum London’s current exhibition Leaving Today: The Freuds in Exile 1938, this discussion will recall Freud’s own flight from Nazi persecution eighty years ago.
Gabrielle Rifkind is a practicing psychotherapist and group analyst, and a specialist in conflict resolution. She has spent the past two decades working in conflict resolution in the Middle East.
Brett Kahr is a Trustee of the Freud Museum and has worked in the mental health field for over thirty-five years. He is Senior Fellow at Tavistock Relationships at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London and Consultant Psychotherapist at the Balint Consultancy.
Psychosis and Psychoanalysis
- 29 September 2018 9am-5pm
Is there a place for psychosis in psychoanalysis? Is there a place for psychoanalysis in psychosis?
The questions remain open, deserving further examination across history, politics, theory and technique.
Following the highly successful event held in March 2016 as a fundraiser for the Psychosis Therapy Project, this conference offers to have another look at the complex interface between psychosis and psychoanalysis.
An international panel of eminent clinicians and theoreticians in the area of psychosis will share their experience and expertise as they discuss the promises and the pitfalls of the psychoanalytic engagement with psychosis.
Speakers: David Morgan, Berjanet Jazani, Brett Kahr, Patricia Gherovici, Philippe Valon, Françoise Davoine, Anne Zachary, Vassilis Kapsambelis, Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz
Full Price £75
Friend of the Museum £70
Concessionary Friend of the Museum £55
A limited number of bursary places are also available.
Lacan, Foucault, Deleuze: The Gaze and the Baroque
- 30 September 2018 9:30am-5pm
Lacan’s, Foucault’s, and Deleuze’s conflicting understanding of the relation between subject and structure nonetheless materialised in a common effort to separate aesthetics and the work of art from traditional metaphysics.
In this one-day intensive course we will compare and contrast the respective stances of these towering figures of twentieth-century French thought on the specific questions of the gaze and the baroque as an exceptional form of art.
We will begin by introducing Lacan’s notion of the gaze as a privileged object of the Freudian drive and focus on how he often discusses it with reference to highly original interpretations of specific works of art (such as Holbein’s The Ambassadors). We will then turn to Foucault’s consideration of the gaze in The Birth of the Clinic and try to identify the reason why Lacan deemed this book to be indispensible reading for a novel psychoanalytic assessment of the visual drive.
This will lead us to compare and contrast Lacan’s and Foucault’s contemporary and extensive engagement with Velázquez’s Las Meninas as a turning point not only in the history of art but also of knowledge and the mode of subjectivity. In the last part of the course we will proceed to examine Deleuze’s and Lacan’s fascination with the baroque.
On the one hand, we will show how they both single it out as an aesthetics eliciting a new conception of the body, the world, and the status of the object. On the other, it will be a matter of evidencing how these surprising similarities still presuppose and sustain almost opposite ontologies – Deleuze’s chaotic and vitalist cosmos of folds; Lacan’s subject of enjoyment as absolute difference.
Full Price £65
Friend of the Museum £60
Concessionary Friend of the Museum £45
PROJECTIONS: Women in Horror Films
- 1 October — 5 November 2018
The horror genre in film follows from the literary tradition established by Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley, eliciting physiological and psychological reactions through suspense, gore, the macabre and the supernatural. Horror films transfix and terrify audiences in equal measure, unfailingly achieving suspension of disbelief because fear is a universal emotion. Via Freud, Kristeva, Lacan and Laing's theories, we can explore the proposition that the horror genre affords us an indispensable language for approaching the complex dimensions of feminine subjectivity.
Full Price £100
Friend of the Museum £75
Freud’s Sculptor: The Life and Works of Oscar Nemon
- 16 October 2018 6:30-8:30pm
In 1931, a Jewish boy from Croatia, persuaded the reluctant Sigmund Freud to sit for him in Vienna. This young man was Oscar Nemon.
Daughter of Oscar Nemon and author of Finding Nemon (release date September 2018), Aurelia Young will tell the story of her father’s life.
The bust Nemon made of Freud in 1931 can be seen in the study at the Freud Museum. Freud was generous with his precious time and sat for Nemon a second time in 1936 for the statue which now stands at the junction of Fitzjohn’s Avenue and Belsize Lane, Hampstead. He would go on to sculpt many of Freud’s disciples, including Sandor Ferenczi, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Melanie Klein, Ernest Jones and Donald Winnicott.
Nemon lived in Vienna and Brussels before seeking refuge in England in the 1930s. Whilst in England, he sculpted the Queen, Winston Churchill and many other prominent politicians of the 20th-century.
- Any age
Full Price £11
Friend of the Museum £9
Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
020 7435 2002
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