Furniture Moves Memory: The Journeys of Anna Freud’s Alpine Furniture
Wednesday 29 June at 7pm, at the Freud Museum London
Memories of Anna Freud are explored through her legacy at 20 Maresfield Gardens, now the Freud Museum London. Birgit Johler, curator of an innovative new exhibition Freud’s Dining Room: Furniture Moves Memory, shown this year at the Volkskunde Museum, Vienna, will be joined in discussion by Anne-Marie Sandler, distinguished analyst and colleague of Anna Freud, artist Bettina von Zwehl, and Freud Museum Director Carol Seigel.
Nine decorated chests and cupboards of Alpine origin stand in today’s Freud Museum. Anna Freud bought this rustic furniture in 1930 and used it to furnish the country house in the Vienna Woods which she shared with Dorothy Burlingham. When the Freuds fled Vienna in 1938 Dorothy Burlingham sent the furniture to the US. After the war this furniture returned to Europe, to the new summer house that Anna and Dorothy had bought in Walberswick on the east coast of England, and from there back to London, to Maresfield Gardens.
This year, this much travelled furniture has formed the starting point for an exhibition at the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art in Vienna, where it was recreated through digital photography within the museum’s permanent display of similar pieces. These images transferred Anna Freud’s furniture back to Vienna, playing with ideas of remembering, place and time. The displays connected the Vienna of then and now with the London of yesterday and today, bringing the present together with the past.
This talk adds another layer to this complex story, bringing the exhibit from Vienna – the recreation of Anna Freud’s furniture – back to London, and reunites the recreated versions with the originals.
The exhibition curator Birgit Johler explores the story of the furniture in Freud’s Dining Room and how she created this extraordinary and innovative exhibition.
She will be joined in the discussion by: Anne-Marie Sandler, psychoanalyst, Director of the Anna Freud Centre from 1993 -1996, friend and colleague of Anna Freud; Bettina von Zwehl, Artist in residence, Anna Freud project 2013-14, and exhibiting at the Freud Museum June-July 2016; and Carol Seigel, Director, Freud Museum London
Doors open at 6.30pm, talk starts at 7pm, followed by light refreshments
Also: Exhibition Tour by Birgit Johler Weds 29 June 2pm, free with museum admission
In conjunction with the Austrian Cultural Forum
Venue: Freud Museum London, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX
Ticket Price £10/£7 concessions/Friends of the Freud Museum
Advance Booking highly recommended
Ticket cancellation policy: Please note we are unable to refund tickets, or transfer the booking less than 48 hours before the event.
Book online here: www.freud.org.uk