The Freud Museum

Exhibition Archive

22 February 2017 - 7 May 2017

Paul Coldwell

Temporarily Accessioned: Freud’s Coat Revisited by the artist and researcher Paul Coldwell, is an opportunity to present new work by the artist, twenty years after first exhibiting at the museum in a show entitled Freud’s Coat. The new work not only responds to this earlier encounter but also represents the first occasion where the museum in London has collaborated with the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna in this way.

Coldwell’s work focuses on the forced exile of Freud from Vienna in 1938 to settle in London for the last year of his life. The work he has made includes a full size print from x-rays of the coat that Freud purchased to travel to London, entitled Temporarily Accessioned-X-Ray (2016), and a reconstruction of the objects on Freud’s desk, 3D scanned and printed in pure white nylon, A Ghostly Return (2016). Together the work addresses the themes of absence and presence, of objects and loss, and touches on what it means to have to flee one’s home and become a migrant. Some of the pieces have been shown in a joint exhibition with the artist and photographer Bettina von Zwehl, titled Setting Memory, at the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna, curated by the Director of the museum, Monika Pessler.

The solo exhibition Temporarily Accessioned: Freud’s Coat Revisited at the Freud Museum London includes these works plus additional pieces including small bronzes and prints.

Paul Coldwell would like to acknowledge the generous support of Arts Council England.

The exhibition catalogue is published by the Freud Museum London. Available via our online shop

Paul Coldwell is a practising artist and Professor in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts, the University of the Arts London. His art practice includes prints, book works, sculptures and installations. He has exhibited widely, and his work is included in numerous public collections, including Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), the British Museum, the Arts Council of England and the Musee d’art et d’histoire, Geneva. He was selected for the Ljubljana Print Biennial in 1997 and 2005; for the International Print Triennial, Cracow in 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2009; and the Northern Print Biennial in 2009 and 2011. In 2013 the Universities of Canterbury and Greenwich presented a survey exhibition of his prints, ‘A Layered Practice Graphic Work 1993-2012’. In the same year, he also had a solo exhibition at the Scott Polar Research Institute entitled Re-Imagining Scott which included prints, postcards, sculptures and glassworks. Material Things at Gallery II, University of Bradford, focused on the relationship between his sculptures and prints over a period of fifteen years.

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