21 January - 2 May 2010. Vienna has long been associated with Sigmund Freud and his groundbreaking writings on psychoanalysis. However around the turn of the 20th century, independently of Freud, Vienna found itself at the centre of Europe's medical research into psychiatric illnesses. A fear surfaced, due to the faster pace of life brought about by a modern city and its new technology, that people were living in 'nervous times'. Artists became fascinated with the concept of madness and tried to capture this craziness in their work, while numerous clinics for nervous illnesses sprang up. 'Madness & Modernity' examines this bizarre fascination by providing photographic evidence and archive documents.
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Madness & Modernity: Mental Illness and the Visual Arts Vienna 1900
Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna. Tel. +43 1 505 87 470. www.wienmuseum.at