Freud’s last journey, which saw him flee National Socialism in June 1938, is a key focus of a new exhibition entitled Freud’s Travels. Cultural Experiences – Psychoanalytical Thinking, staged by the Sigmund Freud Museum to mark the 75th anniversary of Sigmund Freud’s death. In addition to family holidays in the Austrian Alps and Bavaria, Freud embarked upon numerous trips to ancient sites in Italy and Greece, and travelled to the east coast of America in 1909 for a series of lectures. The exhibition in Freud’s private rooms at his Berggasse 19 apartment will show an overview of the documents, souvenirs and photographs he collected during his travels for the first time. It also explores the importance of travel to Freud’s theoretical work.
Vienna’s Sigmund Freud Museum is located in the founding father of psychoanalysis’ former office and private apartment in the ninth district. Freud lived at Berggasse 19 for a period of 47 years, between 1891 and 1938. Anna Freud, Sigmund’s youngest daughter, played an instrumental role in the practice’s transformation into a museum in 1971. The museum features a number of original furnishings including pieces from his waiting room, selected items from Freud’s private antique collection, various handwritten works and a number of first editions. There are also historic film clips prepared and narrated by Anna Freud showing excerpts from the great man’s private and family life.
The Sigmund Freud Museum is also planning to curate a public exhibition that will play out towards the end of summer 2014 in various locations that had a special meaning for Freud both privately and in his psychoanalytical work. Photographs of Sigmund Freud and key words from his tomes will be displayed on advertising columns and city lights (backlit poster hoardings) throughout Vienna. The images are deliberately tantalizing, with integrated QR codes leading to the digital Hidden Freud exhibition.