Toby Ziegler: The Genesis Speech

13 Sep 2017 – 26 Nov 2017

Event times

Wednesday - Sunday, 12-5pm

Cost of entry

£8, £6, £4, under 12s free.

Freud Museum

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

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

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Taking its title from the final scene of Lindsay Anderson’s 1982 film Britannia Hospital, wherein the protagonist reveals his plans for the future of humanity, the series of sculptural and digital interventions weaves into the fabric of the Freud Museum’s collection.


For several years Ziegler’s work has been characterized by an investigation into the ways that images and objects accumulate and shed narratives, and Freud’s collection of antiquities epitomises this. Freud collected artefacts - statues of Egyptian, Greek and Roman gods, fertility symbols and phalluses – which can be seen as symbols of specific human drives, but also gradually became familiar ornaments, absorbed into their environment; for his patients they may have had completely different associations again, sometimes functioning as triggers in their analysis. The works in this exhibition, though in situ for only a short time, imagine themselves as comparable to this process of absorption.

Toby Ziegler (born 1972) lives and works in London, UK. After completing B.F.A. (Hons) at Central St. Martin’s School of Art, London, Ziegler completed a residency at Delfina Studios, London (2004-2006). He has since staged solo exhibitions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield (2007), Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (2008), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki (2012), Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany (2013), PKM Gallery, Seoul, Korea (2015), and has worked in group exhibitions across the US, Europe and Asia.

Exhibiting artists

Toby Ziegler

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