Freud exhibition at MAHJ


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The mahJ (Museum of the Art and History of Judaism) dedicates its latest exhibition to the Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939). It's the first exhibition about the great man in France.

The exhibition begins with Freud's Viennese years and carries on with his Parisian years. The first room displays André Brouillet's famous painting "A clinical lesson at the Salpetriere", the best known painting in the history of medicine, showing Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893), giving a clinical demonstration to a group of postgraduate students (cf. picture below). I absolutely loved it.

The exhibition reveals Sigmund Freud's evolution from neurologist to psychoanalyst. It shows how Dr. Freud invented the psychoanalysis, finding its specificity and its efficiency in refusing image and in concentrating on listening only without any visual representation.

Here are the different sections of the exhibition:
  • Freud neurobiologist
  • Magnetism, hysteria and hypnosis: Salpêtrière Hospital
  • Freud evolutionist: the era of genealogy
  • The antiques room
  • The couch and the birth of psychoanalysis
  • The science of dreams
  • Sexual life
  • The surrealist movement and its influences in the 20's
  • Moïse and Judaism
The installation is very documented. My favourite part was the small-scale replica of Sigmund Freud's office. I also very much liked the 23 minute video made out of Freud's family personal films and covered by Anna Freud, his youngest child.

My regret, being in a Jewish museum, I expected to learn more about his Jewish roots and childhood and what influence it had on him as a man and as a practitioner. 

Nevertheless, the exhibition is interesting and I do recommend it.


Until February 19th, 2019
71 rue du Temple - 75003 Paris
Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 6pm. Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Closed on Monday