Mark Wallinger. Self Reflection

22 Jul 2016 – 25 Sep 2016

Freud Museum

London, United Kingdom


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  • Finchley Road
  • Nearest tube: Finchley Road, 5 min walk from Museum
  • Finchley Road & Frognal , 5 min walk from Museum

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A special exhibition by Turner Prize winning artist Mark Wallinger will mark the Freud Museum London’s 30th anniversary and the 160th anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud.


The artist has created a transformative work for Freud’s study and a permanent sculpture to be situated in the Museum garden.

For Self Reflection Wallinger will install a mirror across the entire ceiling of the iconic study offering visitors a dramatic new perspective effectively doubling the space. In the artist’s words: ‘The relative posture of the sitting analyst and the recumbent analysand are latent in Freud’s chair and the couch. We can easily imagine his patient’s self-reflection.’

The sculpture Self takes the form of the most basic expression of what it means to exist as an individual: the letter “I,” as a free-standing figure.
It will be placed in the garden in clear view from Freud’s desk. In the context of the Museum the sculpture has obvious intensity of meaning; the formation of the id, ego, and superego is predicated on knowledge of the self and how it is constituted.

These new works, alongside a selection or the artist’s earlier Self Portraits provide a stimulating and thoughtful encounter with the Museum’s collections and the work of Freud himself. The exhibition will further contribute to the Museum’s reputation as a vibrant space commissioning contemporary art exhibitions with lasting intellectual value.

Exhibiting artists

Mark Wallinger

Mark Wallinger


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