Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors

10 October 2013 to 2 February 2014

Highlighting the experience of women and their relationship to those who confined, cared for and listened to them.

With work by Alice Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Tracey Emin, Anna Furse, Susan Hiller, Sarah Lucas and Francis Upritchard.

“What does a woman want?”

Sigmund Freud’s famous question was originally put to Princess Marie Bonaparte, patient, friend and analyst, the moving force behind Freud’s flight from Nazi Vienna to his final home in London, now the Freud Museum.

Inspired by Lisa Appignanesi’s acclaimed book, Mad, Bad and Sad also demonstrates how women today conduct their own explorations of mind and imagination in challenging works of art.

Through intimate and revealing portraits, shown alongside original historical documents, the exhibition traces key moments in the history of ‘female maladies’ and counterpoints them with women’s boldly inventive art today.

The Women

Mary Lamb, Theroigne de Méricourt, Alice James, Anna O (Bertha Pappenheim), Dora (Ida Bauer); Augustine, Elizabeth Severn, Bryher (Annie Winifred Ellerman), HD (Hilda Doolittle), Princess Marie Bonaparte, Anna Freud, Dorothy Burlingham, Zelda Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf, Marilyn Monroe, Sylvia Plath and Anna Kavan.

The Mind Doctors

Philipe Pinel, Jean Etienne Esquirol, Jean Martin Charcot, Alexander Morison, William James, Havelock Ellis, Josef Breuer, Sigmund Freud, Lou Andreas Salome, Sandor Ferenczi, Hanns Sachs, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Anna Freud, Dorothy Burlingham, Melanie Klein, Ruth Beuscher and Marianne Kris.

The Artists

Alice Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Tracey Emin, Elliott Erwitt, Jane Fradgley, Anna Furse, Isa Genzken, Susan Hiller, Joanna Kane, Sarah Lucas, Lydia Lys, Amie Siegel and Francis Upritchard, plus Richard Dadd and Salvador Dali.

Related Resources

Four star review > One Stop Arts

‘A powerful exhibition’ ‘Incredibly rich’ > Apollo Magazine

‘An extraordinary exhibition’ > Camden New Journal

The Freud Museum would like to thank the Museum Dr Guislain, Ghent, Belgium, for their support in the making of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a season of performances, talks, films and events. Click here for further information, or download the exhibition and events brochure here >