Freud: Conflict & Culture

Sigmund Freud: Conflict and Culture features vintage photographs, prints, manuscripts and first editions. Also displayed are home movies of Freud and objects from his study and consulting room--including materials from his desk, the chair in which he sat when listening to patients, a model of his consulting couch, and pieces from his own collection of antiquities. Selected film and television clips, and materials from newspapers, magazines and comic books are interwoven throughout the exhibition to highlight the pervasive influence of psychoanalysis on popular culture. Exhibit items are drawn largely from the collections of the Library of Congress, supplemented with loans from other important holdings, especially those of the Sigmund Freud-Museum in Vienna, and the Freud Museum in London.

Dates and Venues

  • October 15, 1998-January 16, 1999
    Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • April 18, 1999-September 12, 1999
    Jewish Museum, New York
  • October 21, 1999-February 6, 2000
    Sigmund Freud-Museum, Vienna
    Austrian National Library, Vienna
  • April 4, 2000-July 25, 2000
    Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, sponsored by the Getty Trust and the Skirball Cultural Center
  • October 10, 2000- January 7, 2001
    Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo, Brazil
  • February 7, 2001 - March 18, 2001
    Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • October 3 - December 9, 2001
    Field Museum, Chicago
  • May 25 - September 27, 2002
    Beth Hatefutsoth, The Jewish Diaspora Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

All dates subject to change

The exhibition explores Freud’s strategies for understanding both the individual and society through the distorted expressions of concealed and conflicting desires. The physical exhibition is composed of three major sections: Section One: Formative Years begins in late nineteenth-century Vienna, the milieu of Freud’s early professional development. Section Two: The Individual: Therapy and Theory examines key psychoanalytic concepts and how Freud used them in some of his most famous cases. Section Three: From the Individual to Society focuses on the diffusion of psychoanalytic ideas, and Freud’s speculations about the origins of society, the social functions of religion and art, and how crises reveal fundamental aspects of human nature. Throughout the exhibition words and image--often contentious, sometimes humorous--attest to the impact of Freud’s ideas on the twentieth century.

Major Lenders

The Freud Museum
20 Maresfield Gardens
London NW3 5SX
Telephone: 0171 435 2002
Fax: 0171 431 5452
email: freud@gn.apc.org
homepage: http://www.freud.org.uk (external link)

It was in this house that Sigmund Freud spent the last year of his life. The same working environment as he had in Vienna was recreated in this house. The study was kept in tact after Freud's death and contains the original analytic couch brought from Berggasse 19. This room is also filled with antiquities from ancient cultures whose importance is evident in Freud's use of archaeology as a metaphor for psychoanalysis. The preserved library contains all the books he chose to bring with him from Vienna. This museum, the site in which Freud completed his life and work, offers a unique insight into the foundation of psychoanalysis.

Sigmund Freud Museum
Berggasse 19
A-1090 Wien
Telephone: +43-1-319 15 96
Fax: +43-1-317 02 79
email: office@freud-museum.at
homepage: http://www.freud-museum.at/ (external link)

This is where Sigmund Freud lived and worked from 1891 until 1938. In this house Freud wrote his Interpretation of Dreams, his case histories and his works on the theory of culture. The former consulting rooms were turned into exhibition rooms with the original furniture of the waiting room and exhibits documenting Freud's life and work. A selection of his antiquities collection, autographs, first editions of his works and personal possessions provide insights into Freud's biography, his cultural environment and the beginnings of psychoanalysis.

Companion Volume

Freud: Conflict and Culture presents a fascinating spectrum of views on one of the most influential figures of the modern age. This companion volume, meant to reflect the lively and eclectic spirit of the show, is a gathering of variously challenging, erudite, and amusing essays by scholars, critics, and writers. Grouped into four broad parts, the essays exemplify the diversity of approaches to Freudian theory and psychoanalysis. "Freud Writing and Working" concentrates on the sources he drew upon, his writing, rhetoric, and work habits. The pieces in "Interpretation, Suggestion, and Agency" deal with the evolution of Freud's theories and technique. "Absorption and Diffusion" concerns the spread of psychoanalysis, its reception, and its effects on our culture. "Contested Legacies" presents a variety of perspectives on what Freud has left to our time, and the conflicts resulting from our shifting conceptions of gender, the mind, and science.

Author Biography: Michael S. Roth is Associate Director of the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities. His books include Psycho-Analysis as History: Negation and Freedom in Freud and The Ironist's Cage: Memory, Trauma and the Construction of History.

The volume contains 16 pages of photographs.

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More information on the Companion Volume from Knopf Publishing (external link)

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