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75th anniversary of Sigmund Freud's death

The Sigmund Freud Museum dedicates an exhibition to the travels of the world-famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. The 21er Haus deals with the topic of Freud through contemporary art.

Sigmund and Anna Freud at the 6th International Psychoanalysts Congress in the Hague, 1920 Sigmund and Anna Freud at the 6th International Psychoanalysts Congress in the Hague, 1920
Sigmund Freud in Paris Freud's emigration to Paris
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Sigmund Freud made numerous private and business trips in his lifetime. To mark the 75th anniversary of his death on 23 September 2014, the exhibition in the Sigmund Freud Museum ranges from Freud's first trip (the relocation) from Pribor to Vienna via his tours to ancient sites in Italy and Greece and a presentation trip to the East Coast of the USA, to his emigration to London. Documents, souvenirs and photographs of his stays can be seen for the first time.

The period from the middle of the 1890s to the beginning of the First World War in 1914 marks the highpoint of Freud's travels. Family holidays lasting several weeks in the Austrian Alps and in Bavaria were usually followed by extended tours accompanied by family members or colleagues. His travels also took him to Croatia, England and the Netherlands. In 1938, he fled with his family from the National Socialists via Paris to London, where he died on 23 September 1939. Freud's holidays as well as travel impressions from childhood influenced the formation of his theories and represent an important factor in the development of psychoanalysis.

The exhibition is also dedicated to two lesser-known family members: Alexander Freud (1866-1943) was considered one of the leading railway experts of the Monarchy and regularly accompanied his brother Sigmund. Harry Freud (1909-1968) was Sigmund's nephew and between 1932 and 1939 traveled to those European cities previously visited by his uncle, in order to document them in photographs.

The 21er Haus presents the exhibition “Sigmund Freud in the mirror of contemporary art”, starting with the spatial installation “Zero & Not” by the American concept artist Joseph Kosuth. The ongoing debate about Freud’s theory is manifested in the objects on display - from Franz West to John Baldessari.

Freud's Travels. Cultural experiences – psychoanalytical thinking

7 March 2014 – 4 October 2015

Sigmund Freud Museum

Berggasse 19
1090   Wien
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  • Prices

    • Adults  €8
    • Cheaper with the Vienna Card
    • Free audio guides in German, English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian.
  • Opening hours

    • daily, 09:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 35 Steps
    • More information
      • Guide dogs permitted

Sigmund Freud in the mirror of contemporary art

19 September 2014 - 18 January 2015

21er Haus

Arsenalstrasse 1
1030   Wien
  • Contacts

  • Prices

    • Young people under 19  €0
    • Cheaper with the Vienna Card
  • Opening hours

    • We - Th, 11:00 - 21:00
    • Fr - Su, 11:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swing door 140 cm wide)
    • Parking spaces Main entrance
      • 1 disabled parking spaces available
    • Elevator available
      • 100 cm wide and 250 cm deep , Doors 90 cm wide
    • More information
      • Guide dogs permitted
      • 2 wheelchair spaces available (spaces in the Blickle cinema by the entrance on the right)
      • Restrooms with access for disabled persons available.
    • Special offers for disabled persons

      Tactile tours on the architecture of 21er Haus and the sculptures of Fritz Wotrub for blind and visually impaired people.

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