Originally broadcast: 7 April 2022. Total length of recording: 1 hr 12 mins.

Bring your morning coffee for this talk on the relationship between Sigmund Freud and the Surrealist group that emerged in Paris in the 1920s. See how figures like André Breton, Joan Miró, Dorothea Tanning, and Salvador Dalí were inspired by Freudian theory and learn about the few significant meetings that took place between members of the group and Freud himself.

Jamie Ruers is an art historian specialising in psychoanalysis and the arts. She has given talks at the Austrian Cultural Forum, the V&A Academy, Universidad Andres Bello (Santiago, Chile) and the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association. She has featured on podcasts such as Vanessa Sinclair’s Rendering Unconscious and Art & Stuff by the Art Fund, as well as regularly co-hosting the Freud Museum’s podcast Freud in Focus. She is the Events Manager at the Freud Museum London where she has worked for 8 years.

This event was held as part of the BBC’s Art That Made Us Festival, an exciting partnership between museums, libraries, archives and galleries along with the BBC to coincide with the broadcast of a major new series exploring our creative history. The Festival – from 1-30 April 2022 – is an opportunity for audiences to explore the astounding creativity held in collections throughout the UK.


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