Wiener Konzerthaus

The Uncanny. Sigmund Freud and Art

The picture by Gregory Crewsdon shows a room in a gloomy mood, three people sitting at a dining table, a naked, depressed-looking woman comes in at the door
GREGORY CREWDSON, Ohne Titel 1998-2002. © Gregory Crewdson
The picture by Gregory Crewsdon shows a room in a gloomy mood, three people sitting at a dining table, a naked, depressed-looking woman comes in at the door

The special exhibition at the Sigmund Freud Museum focuses on the uncanny - on the emotion that once aroused Freud's interest and has been elevated to the status of a pictorial object in art from the beginnings.

As early as 1919, Freud referred to the ability of the arts to express the uncanny in his text of the same name (“Das Unheimliche”). To him, the descriptions of poetry in particular appear to be even richer than the actual experience. Both the literary examples he cites and the analysis of the meaning of the term "uncanny" lead him to the same conclusion: the uncanny can be traced back to both the familiar (the homely/heimisch in German) and the repressed (the secret/unheimlich). Above all, the "veiled character" of this sensation triggers horror in us. Numerous works of contemporary art confirm Freud's insights, either focusing directly on the uncanny or evoking the feeling through almost inconspicuous irritations, whose meaning only becomes apparent on closer inspection and sheds light on the uncanny sensation.

In a variety of media, works by Louise Bourgeois, Heidi Bucher, Gregory Crewdson, Birgit Jürgenssen, Helmut Newton, Hans Op de Beeck, Stephanie Pflaum (at the Schowroom Berggasse 19), Markus Schinwald, Esther Shalev-Gerz, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, Kai Walkowiak and Francesca Woodman illustrate the current and reciprocal influence of psychoanalysis and art.

Venue

Sigmund Freud Museum

Berggasse 19
1090 Wien

Current Dates

  • Tue. 23 Jul 2024, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 24 Jul 2024, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
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