THE ENIGMA OF THE HOUR, 100 YEARS OF PSYCHOANALYTIC THOUGHT
The International Journal of Psychoanalysis Exhibition
FREUD MUSEUM LONDON, 6 June – 4 August 2019
Linder, Goshka Macuga, Simon Moretti,
Daniel Silver, Paloma Varga Weisz
with additional works by Duncan Grant, Barbara Ker-Seymer with John Banting and Rodrigo Moynihan
An exhibition to mark the centenary of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis curated by Simon Moretti with Goshka Macuga and Dana Birksted-Breen
Opening reception 06 June 2019 6.30-8.30
Venue: Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
London NW3 5SX
On the occasion of the centenary of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis the exhibition The Enigma of the Hour:100 Years of Psychoanalytic Thought at the Freud Museum London aims to present archival material around specific themes, which touch on the origins and life of The International Journal alongside contemporary artworks. Originally conceived by the journal’s editor-in-chief Dana Birksted-Breen and curated by artists Simon Moretti and Goshka Macuga with Dana Birksted-Breen, the exhibition brings together themes central to both psychoanalysis and art: translation, transformation, temporality, the unconscious, metaphor and dreams. The artworks in the exhibition 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.
The exhibition includes new commissions by Simon Moretti and Goshka Macuga made in response to themes and archives chosen as a focus for the exhibition, as well as especially selected works by their invited artists, Linder, Daniel Silver and Paloma Varga Weisz and loans from the British Psychoanalytic Society, Tate and The Wellcome Trust as well as including items from The Freud Museum Collection.
The Museum itself is a key inspiration to the artists and provides an evocative setting 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.
Simon Moretti and Goshka Macuga have collaborated with an international research group composed of psychoanalysts from Germany, Austria, the USA, Israel, and the UK, invited and led by Dana Birksted-Breen.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a public programme of talks and a book will be published with an introduction to the exhibition by Dana Birksted-Breen, with newly commissioned essays by critic and novelist Marina Warner and by writer Michael Newman, professor of art writing at Goldsmiths, University of London, and is supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund.
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.
Tickets will be sold by The Freud Museum London