The Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Present a New Online Exhibit on Sigmund Freud’s Research & Artwork

February 17, 2021

The Interpretation of Drawings: Freud & the Visual Origins of Psychoanalysis and a Free Virtual Panel Discussion Launches on Wednesday, February 17th at 12:00pm ET

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., February 17, 2021—Sigmund Freud is the influential and enigmatic founder of the psychological clinical method known as psychoanalysis. The new online exhibition The Interpretation of Drawings: Freud & the Visual Origins of Psychoanalysis opens a unique window into Freud’s thought processes using his rarely seen drawings and collected artwork.

The virtual visitor uses the floor plan for a country house Freud dreamed of one day inhabiting as a tool to navigate stages in Freud’s life, explore the evolution of his ideas, and watch as he develops novel approaches to understanding both mind and self. We learn about Freud “the Scientist,” the “Origins of Psychoanalysis,” the inspiration behind his major text “The Interpretation of Dreams,” and how, as “the Analyst,” Freud put his ideas into practice.

Using guided interactive tours, visitors may engage with selected images of Freud’s earliest medical drawings, scientific papers, letters, and collected works of art, to uncover fascinating details, including iterations of ideas that would be worked and reworked throughout his career.

Thoughtfully layered to create an illusion that you are in the presence of Freud’s deepest analytical thoughts, The Interpretation of Drawings offers new, sometimes surprising, insights into the man and mind behind some of the most debated therapeutic techniques ever developed.

This online exhibition will be presented in a special virtual panel discussion on Wednesday, February 17 at 12:00 pm ET (advance registration required) featuring noted Freud scholars, and moderated by staff from the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and the Department of the History of Science, Harvard University.

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Bethany Carland-Adams

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HARVARD MUSEUMS OF SCIENCE & CULTURE

26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

bcarlandadams@hmsc.harvard.edu

617-959-348

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