Sigmund Freud Museum
Voids and Totem
Sigmund Freud defends his position in history until today - a taboo-breaker. Scientists and pioneer of the thought that men can be cured through conversation. His ideas inspired the great theorists of the second half of the twentieth century (Lacan, Derrida, Foucault) and formatively influenced art and literature (Klimt, Kokoschka, Schiele, Schnitzler, Mann, Musil).
The museum’s design approach is based on two basic assumptions: firstly, Freud’s work is not finished. It still has an effect on various social and cultural levels and is constantly reinterpreted. Secondly, life and work of Sigmund Freud are connected in a way that doesn’t allow for a traditional biographic and thematic handling, let alone a separation of the two. Cult of genius cannot and should not be encouraged. This is why the content-related approach of the exhibition doesn’t tell a consistent story that is built on the reconstruction of the past, but rather shows the contingencies and the processual of Freud’s life and the development of the theory of psychoanalysis.
Artistic additions are always recognizable as such and differentiate from the existing. Specific installations and exhibition components that are clearly distinguished from the existing structure open up perspectives in order to make the «Freud cosmos» accessible to different target audiences. A Freud expert is to be addressed as well as a visitor that has never read Freud. The aim is to stimulate the visitors’ self-reflection and depict biographies of the Freud family and their close relations, while making it at the same time possible to experience the multiple layers of Berggasse 19.
In terms of architecture the approach is the same. The «aura» of the original is to be tolerated but not «worshipped». Later additions are clearly differentiated from the house’s original condition of 1938. Covering the topic of one of the most important thinkers of modern times in a sometimes discursive, sometimes playful, partly factual and sober and partly poetic manner challenges one’s thinking. Instead of reconstructing the past the design is characterized by consciously approaching the voids.
- Mission: Wettbewerb: Museumskonzept, Ausstellungsgestaltung, Konzept Denkmalschutz
- Client: Sigmund Freud Museum
- Year: 2017