5 May-5 Nov 2006. Presented by Viennas Sigmund Freud Museum to mark the 150th anniversary of the father of psychoanalysiss birth, the The Couch exhibition focuses on the simple piece of furniture that has become synonymous with psychotherapy. Couches, divans and daybeds dating back to the late 19th century are exhibited in the rooms where Freud consulted from 1891-1938 at N 19, Berggasse, as well as in the familys flat upstairs, which has been opened to the public for the first time. The elegant furnishings, oriental carpets and antiques that greeted patients in the Berggasse consulting rooms provide a marked contrast to the objects and images on display from the former Purkersdorf Sanatorium and the Baumgartner Hhe Hospital, as do the historical psychiatric films illustrating therapeutic practices of the time. Artworks exploring the social and cultural aspects of the couch by artists including Paul Gavarni, Flix Vallotton, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol, Rachel Whiteread and Spencer Finch are also on show. Andy Warhols film Couch is screened every Sun at 15.00 for the duration of the exhibition. Admission 8 Senior citizens 6 students (18.25 yrs) 5 Under 18s 3. Daily 9.00-18.00.
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The Couch and Freud.
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