Vienna has been repeatedly touted as the most livable city in the world. Its distinctive identity, which welcomes creativity in residents and visitors alike, derives from a Viennese approach to aesthetics and their intellectual interpretation. Birthplace to the iconic Secession Movement, as well as the concept of psychoanalysis; creating space, and accompanying infrastructure and support for innovation and creativity, remains Vienna’s guiding light.
The city today brims with contemporary art offerings and resources for both the arts and the mind. The Sigmund Freud Museum, reopened in 2020 after an extensive renovation and expansion, is where Freud lived for nearly 50 years, and developed his groundbreaking theories. The museum shows the relevance of psychoanalysis for everyday life as well as for intellectual and artistic production. The Museum’s collection of conceptual art is on display at Freud’s first practice, and provides insight into his vast influence in works by world-renowned artists. The artists in the collection were curated by fellow artist Joseph Kosuth, based directly on their preoccupation with Freud and/or psychoanalysis, and invited by him to donate a work.
The collection now includes works by him as well as Franz West, Heimo Zobernig, Susan Hiller, John Baldessari, Ilya Kabakov, and Pier Paolo Calzolari.
The Vienna Tourist Board looks forward to hosting the annual Vienna Lounge at Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 - delving deeper into how psychoanalysis impacts the world of art and our lives in general.
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