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Contemporary Art Inside the Freud Museum: Working-Through Transit Documents, Postmemory, and the Holocaust

Giovanna Morra 1

1Central Saint Martins College of Art&Design

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ABSTRACT

Since its opening in 1986, there have been almost 50 contemporary art exhibitions at the Freud Museum, London. These ‘site-responsive’ interventions both activate and are activated by the Museum. In this article I take as my starting point Freud’s transit and exile from Vienna to London in 1938, to his final home, 20 Maresfield Gardens, which would eventually become the Freud Museum. In response to this moment of trauma and exile, I consider the exhibitions within the Museum of second-generation artists that have dealt with postmemory, trauma and the Holocaust. I posit that the complex site of the Freud Museum enables us to consider these artistic practices as an interminable workingthrough, transit and transitioning of inherited trauma through the use of familial and found documents.

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