The Freud Museum


28 July 2016 - 25 September 2016

Self Reflection
Mark Wallinger

A special exhibition by Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger marks the Freud Museum London’s 30th anniversary and the 160th anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud. The artist has created a transformative work for Freud’s study and a permanent sculpture situated in the Museum garden.

For Self Reflection Wallinger has installed a mirror across the entire ceiling of the iconic study offering visitors a dramatic new perspective effectively doubling the space. In the artist’s words: ‘The relative posture of the sitting analyst and the recumbent analysand are latent in Freud’s chair and the couch. We can easily imagine his patient’s self-reflection.’

The sculpture Self takes the form of the most basic expression of what it means to exist as an individual: the letter “I,” as a free-standing figure.
It is placed in the garden in clear view from Freud’s desk. In the context of the Museum the sculpture has obvious intensity of meaning; the formation of the id, ego, and superego is predicated on knowledge of the self and how it is constituted.

These new works, alongside a selection or the artist’s earlier Self Portraits provide a stimulating and thoughtful encounter with the Museum’s collections and the work of Freud himself. The exhibition will further contribute to the Museum’s reputation as a vibrant space commissioning contemporary art exhibitions with lasting intellectual value.


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30 September 2016 - 20 November 2016

This Breathing House
Bharti Kher

The Freud Museum is delighted to present a new exhibition by Bharti Kher, This Breathing House.

Bharti Kher’s inquiry in the realm of the domestic and its dramas finds its perfect counterpart in the Freud Museum London. Equally exploring Freud’s family life as well as his theories, Kher’s new exhibition is a dialogue with the house. Vivid and full of history, the artist calls into being the voices that echo through the house and refers to Maresfield Gardens as an organism, a “breathing entity“. Kher overlays, subverts, conserves and erases memories – of herself and of her own life, of her family and of the people who lived here. She adds traces to the house of conversations past and present that also engage with Freud’s references to the mind as a complex energy system. Kher extends the conversation to include the body.

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