20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead was the final home of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, who came here with his family in 1938, after fleeing Nazi-occupied Vienna.
Importantly for Freud, he was able to bring his extensive library and collection of antiquities with him to London. In his new home, he recreated his study and consulting room as it been in Vienna and here you will find the original psychoanalytic couch on which Freud’s patients told him their dreams.
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Artist Elena Cologni will demonstrate her sculptural work, followed by a discussion with author Susan Buckingham.
Artist Elena Cologni has previously discussed at the Freud Museum the research background of her artistic project ‘Seeds of Attachment’ (2016/18), looking into the attachment between parent and child (Freud, A.,1967; Ainsworth, 1973; Bowlby, 1969) as crucial to place attachment (Seamon, D., 2013). Cologni attempts to investigate this through the adoption of a nomadic (Braidotti) and dialogic sculpture through a non-verbal approach, she designed based on the principles of the Margaret Lowenfeld Mosaic Box (1954). Aspects of this process were exhibited at New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College of the University of Cambridge, for which she developed the series ‘Intraplaces’.
The active engagement at the Freud Museum concludes a series of encounters in London’s public spaces, the implications of which are then discussed with author Susan Buckingham, whose research and publications address gender and environmental issues.
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Vamik’s Room is a documentary film by Molly Castelloe about the life of Vamik Volkan, a psychoanalyst born in Cyprus who has worked a lifetime around the globe bringing representatives from warring factions together for dialogue.
The film dramatizes Vamik’s main ideas about group psychology, tracing how he has helped heal conflict in traumatized regions including the Middle East, Estonia and the Republic of Georgia. It illustrates the importance of adaptive mourning and how malignant leaders can mobilize shared memories of a past injury to catalyze a “time collapse” in the present that fuels genocidal acts of revenge.
A central storyline concerns Vamik’s work with a refugee family forced from their home in Abkhazia and how he helped the grief-stricken community find hope in their new surroundings, a dilapidated luxury hotel. He returns years later where out of the ruins the people have built a room for him, “Vamik’s room.” The film concludes by describing his recent diplomatic work with the International Dialogue Initiative, which creates a reflective space for groups to communicate free from the distortions of historical trauma.
In a time of widespread political instability, Psychoanalysis & Exile: 1938-2018 will aim to address the universal experience of those seeking asylum and living in exile and the parallels they share with historical socio-political conflicts.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Freud family’s flight from Nazi-occupied Austria and their finding refuge in London in 1938. To commemorate this anniversary, the Freud Museum London is hosting an exhibition ‘Leaving Today: The Freuds in Exile 1938’ addressing the Freuds’ expulsion from Vienna, and their assimilation into their new home in London.
Taking its point of reference from the Freuds’ experience, this day conference will explore the historical and current crises that are faced by refugees and asylum seekers the world over, from the exodus from Nazi Germany and Austria in the 1930s, Anna Freud’s work with child refugees, and how researchers and psychoanalysts work with those seeking refuge today.
Speakers: Julia Hoffbrand, Diane Silverthorne, David Cohen, Inge Pretorius, Alicia Kent, Leonie Ansems de Vries, Sheila MelzakFull Details
The Freud Museum London is proud to host an evening of Syrian cuisine in partnership with the charity The Welcome Project.
The evening at the Freud Museum will include a large selection of vegetarian dishes of Syrian cuisine, drinks, as well as live Syrian music. All proceeds will go to support The Welcome Programme.
Syrian Delights, in conjunction with The Welcome Programme, arranges cookery workshops and events that empower women by enabling them to share their recipes and enrich their language skills.
The Welcome Programme was founded by Deborah Koder and is kindly funded by the Lanyado Family Trust to support the integration of newly-arrived Syrian families, welcoming them into the community through cross-communal events and activities.
The Education Service caters for groups in primary, secondary and tertiary education, allowing students to explore the resources of the museum, experience the intense atmosphere of Freud’s Study and consulting room, and discuss Freud’s life and work at times when the Museum is closed to the general public.
For further information (including downloadable worksheets), please visit our website.
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