1st Annual New York Celebration Dinner
On October 29, Freud Foundation US and the Sigmund Freud Foundation hosted the first charitable dinner for the Sigmund Freud Museum vienna at Neue Galerie New York. At this occasion, Monika Pessler presented the project Sigmund Freud Museum 2020. The honorees present at the evening, Siri Hustvedt, Paul Auster and Joseph Kosuth, were honored for their continuous support of the museum.
First Plans Sigmund Freud Museum 2020
A Campaign for the Library of Psychoanalysis at the Sigmund Freud Museum
In March 2018, the Austrian charity Respekt.net launched the Crowdfunding-campaign FREUD spenden for the Library of Psychoanalysis in the Sigmund Freud Museum. The campaign supports the renovation and relocation of Europe's largest library on psychoanalysis at the historic site Berggasse 19.
Space limitations have created a situation where the book and archive holdings today are spread over three partially dilapidated floors. We plan to bring these together on one level in 2020 and provide scientists, visitors and employees with a study library with modern equipment. The adjoining event hall will then act as a place of communication, discourse and dialogue. Equipped with state-of-the-art database and catalog software, the library and archive can be viewed online and thus become a worldwide usable digital resource.
Gottfried fliedl writes about the project and the campaign in his "museologien" blog.
Library of Psychoanalysis - the rooms today
The library, which was founded at the same time as the museum, will move to the second floor of the house Berggasse 19.
The reading room and the main part of the book collection will be in the apartment no. 7:
In 1929, a couple by the name of Mathias moved into this apartment. In 1939, eight Jews who had been forced to vacate their former living quarters were assigned to the couple as subtenants. After the death of his wife Stefanie, Adolf Mathias himself lost his apartment. In 1942, he was deported to Theresienstadt, where he was murdered in 1943.
In 2004, the apartment passed into the hands of the City of vienna, who made it available for the Sigmund Freud Foundation in 2006. It is being used in an unrenovated state for exhibitions and as a storage room for a part ot the library and the archive since.
Successful Crowdfunding for the Sigmund Freud Museum 2020
Our crowdfunding campaign at wemakeit.com for the renovation and reorganization of the Sigmund Freud Museum turned out as a big success: we could gain supporters nationally and internationally for the project SIGMUND FREUD MUSEUM 2020 – a total of 85,504 euros was raised by contributions from 306 donors.
The whole team of the Sigmund Freud Museum says thank you for this powerful support!
This success marks another important step on the path to reaching the sum necessaryfor renovating and enlarging the museum by 2020: currently, we are in need of another 700,000 euros to reach the project total of 3.94 milion euros.
Presentation of the Entries of the Architectural Competition
On 13 December 2017, the entries of the architectural competition SIGMUND FREUD MUSEUM 2020 had been presented to public: The winning project by ARGE Czech/Angonese/ARTEC (Vienna) and the entries by Arrea Architects (Ljubljana), Diener und Diener Architekten (Basel), merz merz gmbh & co. kg (Berlin) and BWM Architekten (Vienna) offer an comprehensive insight into the complexities of the task to preserve Sigmund Freud’s former apartment and practice as a significant site of culture and science for the future and to create a museum that meets international museum standards.
The international jury members András Pálffy (chairman), Nott Caviezel, Chris Dercon, Claudia Haas, Barbara Feller, Monika Pessler and Peter Nömaier honoured all five entries as excellent in their rationale.
The Winners of the Architectural Competition
The winning entry in our architectural competition for the renovation and reorganisation project Sigmund Freud Museum 2020 was submitted by the working group Czech/Angonese/ARTEC (AUT/ITA). The exhibition concept was met with particular recognition: «Particularly convincing for the jury is the museum concept that is characterised above all by a clear differentiation between exhibit and setting.» (Jury statement, 21/10/2017).
Members of the international jury: András Pálffy (Jabornegg & Palffy Architects), Nott Caviezel (Vienna University of Technology, president of EKD Zürich), Cris Dercon (Volksbühne Berlin), Claudia Haas (haas:consult), Barbara Feller (Architekturstiftung Österreich), Monika Pessler (Director of the Sigmund Freud Museum) and Peter Nömaier (chairman of the board of the Sigmund Freud Foundation).