Exhibition and symposium – Freud/Tiffany and ‘The Best Possible School'(Freud Museum, London)


The upcoming exhibition and symposium ‘The Best Possible School’: Anna Freud, Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham and the Hietzing School in 1920s Vienna could be of interest to H-madness readers. Both will be held at the Freud Museum in London. The exhibition can be visited from the 10th of May 2017 until the 16th of July 2017. The Symposium will be held on the 13th of May 2017 with an opening reception on the 12th. The abstract of the exhibition and the symposium you can find below.

Exhibition: ‘The Best Possible School’: Anna Freud, Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham and the Hietzing School in 1920s Vienna.

Modernism, creativity, the freedom to grow as a “free and self-reliant human being” – with these beliefs, Anna Freud, the youngest daughter of Sigmund Freud, and Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham, the youngest daughter of the great American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded Vienna’s Hietzing School.

To Erik H. Erikson who taught there, it was “the best possible school” and today its true significance, as both the teachers and the students remember it, comes to life in a dynamic new exhibit at the Freud Museum London.

Four historic photographs of Sigmund Freud are on view for the first time, along with original paintings and over 75 vintage pictures from private collections in Europe and America. Notable drawings, manuscripts and autographs make vivid the founders’ vision of the Hietzing School’s origins and sequels, its day-to-day experience and its enduring influence on our understanding of education and the developing mind.

The Freud Museum thanks the Botsiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, the Zukunftsfond of the Republic of Austria, and the Anna Freud Foundation for their support.

International symposium: Freud/Tiffany and ‘The Best Possible School’

Saturday May 13, 2017, 9:30am to 4:30pm

When the first and second generation of analysts founded what Erik Erikson called “the best possible school,” they brought to their project all the modernist creativity of interwar Vienna. This inventiveness comes to life in a day of talks and discussion blending the historical with the personal, and psychoanalytic theory with memoir. The symposium will feature original contributions and an international dialogue.

Opening Reception: Friday May 12, 2017, 6:30pm to 8:00pm. With live performances by Matthew Greenbaum, premiering two pieces: Effacement and Leviathan, with soprano Cyndie Berthézène.

Symposium Programme

Welcome: Carol Seigel

Panel 1,
Elizabeth Ann Danto: Symposium goals and launch

Michael John Burlingham: Bob’s Diary, December 1931
In December 1931, while in analysis with Anna Freud and a student at the Hietzing School, 16-year old Bob Burlingham recorded his intimate observations of personal and family life under those experimental circumstances.

Thomas Aichhorn: August Aichhorn and the Hietzing School
A new view of Aichhorn’s participation in the Hietzing school community through his relationships with Anna Freud, Eva Rosenfeld, Dorothy Burlingham, Peter Blos and Erik H. Erikson.

Panel 2
Alexandra Steiner: Introduction

Nellie Thompson and Helene Keable: Reading Anna Freud and Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham in The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child
For over two decades from 1945 to 1965, Anna Freud and Dorothy Burlingham’s regular publications of new material in the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, enhanced the journal’s ongoing engagement with the theoretical and clinical evolution of postwar psychoanalysis.

Florian Houssier: The Hietzing School as the Birthplace of a Psychoanalytic Theory of Adolescence
Hietzing and beyond – a historical and theoretical tracing of adolescent psychoanalysis as a clinical movement that originated where Erikson, Blos, Aichhorn and Anna Freud met. (N.B. Florian Houssier’s paper will be given in French with Englaish translation available)

Panel 3
Alexandra Steiner: Introduction

Inge-Martine PretoriusThe Hampstead War Nurseries as an Outcome of the Hietzing School
Anna Freud’s appreciation of the links between children’s earliest relationships and their later development led to innovations in the Hampstead War Nurseries of the 1940s and are still widely practiced in child care today.

Michael Molnar: A School for Trick Cyclists?
An aesthetic and documentary exploration of archival photographs taken by and of pupils at the Hietzing School.

Nick Midgley: Laying the Foundation: The Hietzing School in the work of Anna Freud and Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham– a broad exchange of ideas raised by the Symposium audience and speakers.

Elizabeth Ann Danto: Closing Remarks

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