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June 4, 2018: In Memory of Sigmund Freud

Medical University of Vienna, Spitalgasse 23, 1090 Vienna
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Unveiling Sigmund Freud Statue and Symposium "Sigmund Freud, Vienna, and the University"

Freud Statue

80 years after Sigmund Freud was forced to leave Vienna on 4th June 1938, the Medical University of Vienna unveils an over live-sized sculpture of Freud created by Oscar Nemon in 1936.

As the successor to Freud´s academic workplace throughout his time in Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna is honoured to preserve the memory of one of its most significant thinkers, Sigmund Freud.

  • Markus Müller
    Rector of the Medical University of Vienna
  • Heinz Faßmann
    Federal Minister of Education, Science, and Research
  • Michael Ludwig (to be confirmed)
    Major of the City of Vienna
  • Lord David Freud
    Great-grandson of Sigmund Freud; Member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom

Afterwards reception at the Statue – drinks and finger food.

Moderator: Stephan Doering

Session 1 – 13:00-14:30
Sigmund Freud – Oscar Nemon – Vienna – Cultural Theory

  • Welcome Address
    Raimund Fastenbauer

    General Secretary for Jewish Affairs, Jewish Community Vienna
  • Freud, Nemon, and the Freud Sculpture
    Lady Aurelia Young

    Daughter of Oscar Nemon
  • History and Future Orientation: Berggasse 19
    Monika Pessler

    Director of the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna
  • Freud's Hands and what they might Tell
    Ulrike Kadi

    Department of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy,
    Medical University of Vienna, Vienna Psychoanalytic Association, WAP
  • Late Freud's Experiences: The Permanent Value of his Scientific and Human Legacy
    Giovanni Battista Foresti

    Board Member of the International Psychoanalytical Association, IPA
Coffee Break

Session 2 – 15:00-17:00
Sigmund Freud, Psychoanalysis, and the University

  • Freud and the Development of Psychoanalysis in Vienna
    Hemma Rössler-Schülein

    President of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, WPV
  • Psychoanalysis and the University
    Otto F. Kernberg

    Past President of the International Psychoanalytical Association; Director Personality Disorders Institute, Cornell University New York
  • An International Contemporary Perspective on Psychoanalysis at the University
    Jorge Canestri

    President of the European Federation of Psychoanalysis, EPF
  • Psychoanalysis at the Medical University of Vienna Today
    Stephan Doering

    Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Medical University of Vienna

Reception and free admission to all exhibitions from 17:30 on.

Host: Monika Pessler
Director of the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna

Please register for the "Unveiling Sigmund Freud Statue and Symposium"


Sigmund Freud´s Return to Vienna in 2018

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.” 2018 the sculpture returns back to Vienna.