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Freud & China Exhibition

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A new exhibition at the Freud Museum London explores Sigmund Freud’s relationship to China, Chinese culture and the Chinese objects and books in his collection.

Collecting antiquities was one of Sigmund Freud’s greatest passions. Late in life he increasingly began to acquire Chinese pieces, to add to the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman objects which make up the majority of his collection. Though they were smaller in number, his Chinese pieceswere among the most treasured items Freud owned.

Sigmund Freud’s engagement with China also took other forms. Although he did not read widely about China, he still made ideas about the Chinese language central to his understanding of the interpretation of dreams. And he owned and loved pets of the dog breed known as ‘Chows’, to whom he gave names with a distinct ‘Chinese’ flavour.

In his lifetime Freud’s ideas had a considerable impact in China. His works began to be read and discussed there from around 1913, and several Chinese translations of his works appeared in his lifetime.

In 2022, an exciting new exhibition will dive into Sigmund Freud’s own
work – and psychoanalysis as a whole – in the context of Chinese art, history and culture.

The museum is also filled with memories of his daughter, Anna Freud, a pioneer of child psychoanalysis.

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Wednesday 10.30-17.00
Saturday 10.30-17.00
Sunday 10.30-17.00

Closed 1 January, 5 April, 3 & 31 May, 30 August, 24 – 28 December
Closed Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Open Monday during July-September.

Opening times may vary. Please check website for details.


Adult: £14

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Phone Number

0207 435 2002

Posted on February 10 2022

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