The Enigma of the Hour

100 Years of Psychoanalytic Thought

6 June 2019 to 4 August 2019

An exhibition marking the centenary of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Courtesy Simon Moretti

This exhibition presents archival material touching on the origins and life of The International Journal alongside contemporary artworks, bringing together themes central to both psychoanalysis and art: translation, transformation, temporality, the unconscious, metaphor and dreams. The artworks address these ideas, creating a conversation that reverberates throughout the evocative rooms of the Freud Museum.

The archival presentation explores the prehistory of the journal, the hidden role of women in its early years, its beginnings and connections with the Bloomsbury Group, and the influence of classical art and culture on Freud’s ideas and the visual identity of the International Journal.

Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ

The exhibition includes new commissions by Simon Moretti and Goshka Macuga, alongside specially selected works by invited artists, Linder, Daniel Silver and Paloma Varga Weisz. Loans from the British Psychoanalytic Society, Tate and The Wellcome Trust including works by Duncan Grant, Barbara Ker-Seymer with John Banting and Rodrigo Moynihan, along with items from the Freud Museum Collection.

The Museum itself is a key inspiration to the artists for the contemporary works and a backdrop to the archival presentation showcasing the developments over the 100 years since the Journal was founded by Ernest Jones under the direction of Sigmund Freud.

Courtesy Wellcome Collection

This exhibition was originally conceived by Dana Birksted-Breen and has been curated by Simon Moretti with Goshka Macuga and Dana Birksted-Breen.

We would like to acknowledge the support of the British Psychoanalytical Society, the European  Psychoanalytical Federation, the Robert Bosch Foundation, Sigmund-Freud Institut, Heidehof-Stiftung Foundation, the International Psychoanalytic Association, the Barbara Ker-Seymer Estate, the Melanie Klein Trust and Outset Contemporary Art Fund.


Want to know more? Download the Exhibition Guide.