Freud | Tiffany and the Best Possible School Exhibition Catalogue


Catalogue for the exhibition 'The Best Possible School': Anna Freud, Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham and the Hietzing School in 1920s Vienna, held at the Freud Museum from 10 May 2017 - 16 July 2017.

This catalogue has been beautifully put together with contributing essays from the Museum's director, Carol Seigel, the project director, Elizabeth Ann Danto, Thomas Aichhorn, and Michael John Burlingham, alongside a wonderful collection of archival photographs, timelines and brief essays on the history of psychoanalysis, education and pedagogy.

About the exhibition:

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.

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