Freud’s granddaughter explores his artistic side

Hard as it may be to imagine the world today without the contribution made by Sigmund Freud, that is just what his great-granddaughter Jane McAdam Freud has done in her exhibition Atonement at the London Centre for Psychotherapy in Kentish Town. She explo

Hard as it may be to imagine the world today without the contribution made by Sigmund Freud, that is just what his great-granddaughter Jane McAdam Freud has done in her exhibition Atonement at the London Centre for Psychotherapy in Kentish Town.

She explores through sculpture and prints a fantasy scenario of Freud's "alternative" life - what might have been had he become a sculptor rather than a scientist.

McAdam Freud says that Atonement is informed by her exhibition Relative Relations at the Freud Museum in Hampstead in 2006. There, ancient and modern objects were displayed side by side, setting up subtle resonances.

It resulted from her residency at the museum, when she began to look for the sculptor within Freud by trying to view through his eyes the ancient sculptures he collected.


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On Sunday, there's a private view of Atonement open to all. It begins with an illuminated presentation by the artist and a discussion, followed by a workshop on creating a paper sculpture based on her sculpture Family Ties. Prints will be available on the day and sculptures to order.

The exhibition runs until March 26 at 32 Leighton Road, Kentish Town. Open weekdays 10am to 5pm by appointment on 020-7482 2002. The private view is on February 21 from 2.30pm to 6.30pm.

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