The IJP Exhibition 2019-01-17T17:44:48+00:00


The International Journal of Psychoanalysis Exhibition


To coincide with the centenary of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis and the 80th anniversary of Freud’s death, an exhibition will take place at the Freud Museum, the house Freud moved to after arriving in London in 1938. The exhibition aims to present archival material around specific themes which touch on the origins and life of the international journal alongside contemporary artworks. Themes central to psychoanalysis and art; temporality, translation, transformation, the unconscious, metaphor, dreams, will emerge from the material and reverberate in an artistic exploration of these themes. Also explored in the archival presentation will be the hidden role of women in the early years of psychoanalysis.

Curated by Simon Moretti in collaboration with Goshka Macuga and Dana Birksted-Breen, the exhibition will include new commissions by artists Goshka Macuga and Simon Moretti made in response to themes and archives chosen as a focus for the exhibition and bringing to the fore the relevance of psychoanalytic processes today, as well as works by other invited artists. The Museum itself will also be a key inspiration to the artists and will provide an evocative backdrop to developments over the 100 years since the Journal was founded under the direction of Sigmund Freud. Contemporary artists Goshka Macuga (UK/Poland, a nominee for the Turner Prize in 2008) and Simon Moretti (UK/Italy) will collaborate with an international research group composed of psychoanalysts from Germany, Austria, the USA, Israel, and the UK, led by the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Dana Birksted-Breen.

The Exhibition will be accompanied by a special public programme of talks, an evening in conversation with the artist, a new book and a digital platform.

Tickets will be sold by The Freud Museum London

Meet the Artists

Simon Moretti
Simon Moretti is an artist and curator based in London and co-founder of Dadadandy. Previous exhibitions include, Thank You for the Music, curated by Johannes Fricke Waldthausen, Sprueth Magers, Munich/London, The Art Parade, Deitch Projects, New York, From A to B and Back Again, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, Le Palais des Etoiles, commissioned by Selfridges, London, Dadadandy The Guerrilla Show with Vedovamazzei, MADRE Napoli, L’Intime , Le Collectioneur Derrier la Porte, La Maison Rouge. Paris, None of the Above, curated by John Armleder, Swiss Institute, New York, Ideal Standard curated by Elena Filipovic, Gebouw Vanferborght, Bruxelles, Now & Then curated by Adrian Dannatt, Harris Lindsay, London, Dadadandy Boutique Artprojx Space, London,The Sleep of Ulro, with Goshka Macuga, A Foundation, Liverpool Biennial 2006 and The Camera Exposed curated by Marta Weiss and Bronwen Colquhoun, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Goshka Macuga
Goshka Macuga was born in Poland. A graduate of Central St. Martins College of Art and Design and Goldsmiths, University of London, she works across mediums from Jacquard woven tapestries to sculptures and robotics. Macuga is known for taking on the role of a curator and archivist within her practice, as her installations often incorporate other artists’ work alongside a variety of disparate objects. Macuga’s work is commonly made for the specific institution in which it will be shown, her place-based installations involve many months worth of historical research and have been considered rich storytelling devices.

In 2009 Macuga had an exhibition at the newly re-opened Whitechapel Gallery in London wherein she incorporated a 1955 tapestry version of Picasso’s 1937 antiwar painting Guernica into a year-long installation about the 1930s-era controversy generated by the original painting. After 24 years on display just outside the Security Council at the Headquarters of the United Nations, the tapestry commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller was removed and loaned to Whitechapel for Macuga’s installation. Along with the borrowed tapestry, Macuga made a bronze cubist sculpture of Colin Powell, a documentary film, sourced a handwoven Middle Eastern rug, and installed a conference table. As part of the installation, Macuga invited groups to hold meetings in the space free of charge. While in residence at the Walker Art Center in 2010-11, Macuga produced work for her first solo show in the United States that would investigate the cultural and political context of the Walker Art Center itself. Culminating in the exhibition, It Broke From Within, Macuga investigated the history of the shaping of the Walker Art Center as an institution through its archives. The exhibition explored the political orientation, community theory, lumber, financial history, and serendipity of clerical errors concerning the Walker. Macuga designed enormous woven tapestries of photographs taken in Minnesotas oldest pine forests and used the textile as a backdrop for select pieces from the Walker’s permanent collection, including works from Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Beuys.

In 2012 Macuga created a two large photorealistic tapestries for dOCUMENTA, one was displayed in Kassel, Germany and its counterpart in Kabul, Afghanistan. The two-part work called Of what is, that it is; of what is not, that it is not is to be exhibited simultaneously but never together in the same place. Part 1 depicts a diverse crowd of Afghans and Westerners in front of Darul Aman Palace outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. Part 2, originally exhibited in Kabul, shows a photoshopped collage of an art-world crowd and protesters gathering outside of the Orangerie in Kassel. Macuga’s composition technique of collaging together historical photographs and subsequently having the image woven into a unified textile allows her to ‘illuminate the elusive relationship between historic documentation and truth’. Goshka Macuga is based in London and was one of the four nominees for the 2008 Turner Prize.