19 March - 25 May 2014
'DIE TRAUMDEUTUNG 75,32m AMSL' is an exhibition of new site-specific works by Miroslaw Balka. The exhibition title is a reference in German to Sigmund Freud's key work The Interpretation of Dreams (1899), while the measurement in metres refers to the exact geographical height above mean sea level of Freud Museum London.
Balka's exhibition curated by James Putnam will run concurrently with 'DIE TRAUMDEUTUNG 25,31m AMSL' at White Cube Mason's Yard.
Outside Freud Museum London, Balka will install an imposing inflatable 8-metre high black tower entitled Y-Chromosomal Adam. Also included will be the artist's new video work Nacht und Nebel (2014) that was shot during a foggy night in January in a forest near the artist’s studio, a sculptural installation titled 'We still need', which comprises a careful arrangement of plywood crates and a truncated trapezohedron, open on one side and the bottom so the visitor can place their head into it. The number and volume of crates relates to SS officer Imfried Eberl’s 1942 letter sent to the commissioner of the Jewish Quarter, Warsaw Ghetto, requesting materials for the concentration camp in Treblinka, where one of Freud’s sisters died. Freud moved to London from Vienna in 1938 to avoid Nazi persecution but four of his five sisters died concentration camps in 1942.
The last work in the exhibition is the sound of a lone man whistling the melody of the theme tune from the film The Great Escape (1963).
'Miroslaw Balka: DIE TRAUMDEUTUNG 75,32m AMSL'
Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
Wednesday - Sunday: 12-5pm
+44 (0)20 7435 2002
'Nacht und Nebel' 2014 video still
© Miroslaw Balka Courtesy Miroslaw Balka and White Cube