The Enigma of the Hour: 100 Years of Psychoanalytic Thought

Publication

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Exhibition

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Identity

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Digital

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Enigma of the Hour: 100 Years of Psychoanalytic Thought was held at London’s Freud Museum to mark the centenary of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis. The exhibition presented archival materials with a relationship to the origins and life of the Journal, alongside contributions by artists including Linder, Daniel Silver and Paloma Vargas Weisz, as well as by the co-curators Simon Moretti and Goshka Macuga. Various exhibits within the show were loaned from the British Psychoanalytic Society, Tate and The Welcome Trust, alongside items from The Freud Museum Collection.

Our design references the cover of Marion Milner’s The Hands of the Living God, published by Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psycho-Analysis.1 Under the orange dust-jacket, the cover itself features a small percentage of the most evocative essay titles published over the Journal’s 100 year history. Within, text is laid out densely; greyscale reference images are inset into the copy itself, and the main image sections incorporate installation shots, archival materials, and a visual essay that creates dialogues between the various works. A newsprint gallery guide for the exhibition removed the need for captions alongside the works, which were intermingled with Freud’s belongings in the Museum.


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