The Freud Museum

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29 June 2016

Furniture Moves Memory: The Journeys of Anna Freud's Alpine Furniture

Tour - free with admission no need to book

Memories of Anna Freud are explored through her legacy in 20 Maresfield Gardens. Birgit Johler, curator of the new exhibition Freud’s Dining Room: Furniture Moves Memory, shown this year at the Volkskunde Museum, Vienna, will lead a tour highlighting the stories behind Anna Freud’s Alpine furniture.

Nine decorated chests and cupboards of Alpine origin stand in today’s Freud Museum. Anna Freud bought this rustic furniture in 1930 and used it to furnish the country house in the Vienna Woods which she shared with Dorothy Burlingham. When the Freuds fled Vienna in 1938 Dorothy Burlingham sent the furniture to the US. After the war this furniture returned to Europe, to the new summer house that Anna and Dorothy had bought in Walberswick on the east coast of England, and from there back to London, to Maresfield Gardens.

This year this much travelled furniture has formed the starting point for an exhibition at the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art in Vienna. The exhibition curator Birgit Johler explores the story of the furniture in Freud’s Dining Room and how she created an extraordinary and innovative exhibition.

Freud's Dining Room is published by Volkskunde Museum (2015). Available from the Museum shop through our Order & Collect service: order a copy now and collect it at the event!

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