This exhibition runs from Wed, 26th Jan 2022 to Sun, 5th Jun 2022. See all dates
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This exhibition has not opened yet. Will open on Wed, 26th Jan 2022
This exhibition explores Sigmund Freud's fascination and relationship with China. It showcases new research into Chinese art and objects, the history of psychoanalysis and links to China, and its relevance in Greater China today.
Collecting antiquities was one of Sigmund Freud’s greatest passions. Late in life he increasingly began to acquire Chinese pieces, to add to the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman objects which make up the majority of his collection. Though they were smaller in number, his Chinese pieces were among the most treasured items Freud owned.
Sigmund Freud’s engagement with China also took other forms. Although he did not read widely about China, he still made ideas about the Chinese language central to his understanding of the interpretation of dreams. And he owned and loved pets of the dog breed known as ‘Chows’, to whom he gave names with a distinct ‘Chinese’ flavour.
In his lifetime Freud’s ideas had a considerable impact in China. His works began to be read and discussed there from around 1913, and several Chinese translations of his works appeared in his lifetime.
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