The Freud Museum

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20 February 2018
7pm

BLACK BOOK

Sacha Craddock in conversation with artist Gideon Rubin

Art critic and writer Sacha Craddock will be in conversation with artist Gideon Rubin about his Freud Museum project BLACK BOOK and discussing the way propaganda is used to generate racial conflict, which in turn affects the plight of asylum seekers and refugees.

The conversation will be moderated by curator James Putnam.

The artist’s specially created project for Freud’s final home relates to the era of the late 1930s, when Freud left Vienna for London. A series of paintings on canvas, linen and paper take inspiration drawn from original pre-WW2 German magazines that Rubin has collected. The idealised images of heath and efficiency in the magazines were designed to promote the myth of Aryan supremacy in Nazi propaganda. Rubin has subverted these images in his characteristic style by masking out the faces, Nazi references and swastika motifs. The process relates to our human tendency to block out unpleasant memories from our psyche.

BLACK BOOK is the latest exhibition in a critically acclaimed series curated by James Putnam on display at the Museum from 7 February - 15 April 2018.

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