Mad, Bad and Sad @The Freud Museum



If, like me, you’ve never visited the Freud Museum before, then you’re in for a treat. The house where the Freud family lived after their 1938 exodus from an anti-semitic Vienna is perfectly preserved, from Freud’s study and iconic couch to the trees that Anna Freud planted in the garden. If, like me, the advent of psychoanalysis intrigues you, then this house is a Mecca, a shrine to one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers that must be visited at least once in a lifetime. The fact that feminine psychology was such a thorny issue for Freud makes this exhibition particularly piquant. The art is intensified by its unique setting.

Mad, Bad and Sad, a striking title borrowed from Lisa Appignanesi’s acclaimed book, Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 to the Present, promises to “highlight the experience of women and their relationship to those who confined, cared for and listened to them”, and “how women today conduct their own explorations…in challenging works of art”. There is a wealth of material to sift through. In dialogue with a huge archive are pieces by contemporary female artists, not commissioned for this exhibition, but resonant with it.

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