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Sigmund Freud Statue

Support Sigmund Freud´s Return to Vienna in 2018

Donate to bring Oscar Nemon’s sculpture of Sigmund Freud to the campus of the Medical University of Vienna.

Sculptured Freud by Oscar Nemon

Until he was forced into exile in London in 1938, founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), was a member of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Vienna. Oscar Nemon (1906-1985) first sculpted Freud in 1931 for his 75th birthday, creating the carved wooden bust now on display in the Freud Museum in London. Freud found this “an astonishingly life-like impression.”

A friendship developed, and five years later, in 1936, Nemon was commissioned to create a full-length, seated portrait for Freud’s eightieth birthday. Originally intended for the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, this was never installed in Austria due to the Anschluss. Nemon’s 1936 Freud portrait, which stands 70cm high, was however unveiled at the New York Psychoanalytic Society in 1947. Nemon enlarged his portrait to create an over life-size, 1.7m high, seated Freud. Following heroic efforts by Donald Winnicott, this was cast in bronze in 1970 and sited near Freud’s final home in Hampstead in London.

For more details about Oscar Nemon please visit www.oscarnemon.org.uk

1938-2018 – Sigmund Freud‘s Return to Vienna

Sigmund Freud‘s Return to Vienna

We are hoping to unveil a partner to the London bronze in Vienna in 2018. It will form a permanent memorial to Freud, eighty years after he had to leave the city. The Medical University, successor to Freud’s Faculty, generously donated € 50,000. Another € 46,300 is needed to cover all costs and ensure installation in the anniversary year. We are asking for donations to make up the balance.


The Medical University of Vienna is a charitable institution

An official donation receipt will be sent to all donors by the Medical University of Vienna. Austrian citizens are requested to send an e-mail to fundraising-freud@meduniwien.ac.at containing their name, address and date of birth. The Medical University of Vienna will pass the information about the donation to the Austrian fiscal authorities to register the amount of the donation.

Thank you very much for your support!

Markus Müller
Rector of the Medical University of Vienna

Stephan Doering
Head of the Departmentof Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna

Aurelia Young
Daughter of Oscar Nemon

Alice Nemon-Stuart
Estate of Oscar Nemon

Helen Taylor Robinson
Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society

Stefano Bolognini
President of the International Psychoanalytical Association

Jorge Canestri
President of the European Psychoanalytic Federation

Hemma Rössler-Schülein
President of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society


Donor Acknowledgment

Major donors (donations of € 500 or more) will be invited to the unveiling and their names will be recorded on a plate mounted next to the statue. Donors will appear in order of the amount of their donation and in alphabetical order within categories.

While it is not possible to record every donation in this way, to express our gratitude to all donors, those donating between 100 euros and 500 euros will receive a signed letter of acknowledgement from the Medical University of Vienna.


Donate to support Sigmund Freud´s return to Vienna

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