Inspired by Lisa Appignanesi’s book, Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 to the Present (2009) the exhibition highlights the experience of women and their relationship to those who confined, cared for and listened to them. It also shows how women today conduct their own explorations of mind and imagination in challenging works of art.
The exhibition explores how 'mind doctors' of the 1900s viewed their female patients, themes of melancholy, mania, obsession, self-mutilation, possession, hysteria, desire, and rebellion as well as why in the early 20th century psychoanalysis was so liberating for so many female authors and artists.
The exhibition traces key moments in the history of ‘female maladies’ by displaying intimate and revealing portraits and original historical documents alongside inventive works by contemporary female artists such as Tracey Emin who will exhibit Be Faithful to your dreams (1998) over Freud’s couch, Alice Anderson, Louise Bourgeouis, Helen Chadwick, Sarah Hiller and Sarah Lucas.
The womens' stories are told through objects, art works, original photographs, papers, books and pictures drawn from the Freud Museum London and other international collections.
'Tracey Emin: Mad Bad Sad Women and the Mind Doctors'
20 Maresfield Gardens
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
+44 (0)20 7435 2002
10 October 2013-2 February 2014
Tracey Emin 'Be Faithful to your dreams' 1998 Neon
© Tracey Emin Photo: Stephen White Courtesy White Cube