The Freud Museum

Exhibition Archive

6 August 2014 - 19 October 2014

Various artists

Why War?

On the anniversary of the onset of World War One, this exhibition revisits the little known correspondence between Einstein and Freud on the subject of war and the possibility of avoiding it.

Themes of propaganda, disillusionment, the 'pleasure of war' and the psychological aspects of conflict are explored, not only through Freud’s writings, but also through contemporary art and poetry.

The exhibition also reflects on the Freud family’s experience of war, when three sons served on the front line, while the family waited anxiously for them, enduring considerable hardship at home.

Politicians, journalists and academics will be giving their thoughts and visitors too will have the opportunity to add their answers to Einstein’s enduring question: ‘Is there any way of delivering mankind from the menace of war?’

Download the texts: 'Why War?' | Thoughts for the Times on War and Death Part 1 | Thoughts for the Times on War and Death Part 2

Exhibiting Artists:

Alke Schmidt
Fabio Coruzzi
Frances Earnshaw
Gabrielle Rifkind
Jane McAdam Freud
Katia Salvany
Katja Rosenberg
Marcelle Hanselaar
Martin Adams
Melanie McKennell
Peter Rapp
Steve Edwards
Wuon-Gean Ho
Year 6 pupils from Griffin Primary School, Wandsworth

See a selection of their exhibited works here.

Contributors of written statements include Sebastian Faulks, Clare Short, Edgar Jones, Ben Griffin and others.

Contributors of poems by members of the Young Poets' Network, sponsored by The Poetry Society.


Jane McAdam Freud has an exhibition, Dance of Disproval/War Works at the London Jewish Cultural Centre 23 Oct - 12 November 2014.

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