A new exhibition at the Freud Museum in London

Artist Sarah Lucasâ¿¿ work Suffolk Bunny forms part of the exhibition © Sadie Coles HQ and Freud Museum London

Artist Sarah Lucasâ¿¿ work Suffolk Bunny forms part of the exhibition

Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors

A new exhibition at the Freud Museum with work by Alice Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Tracey Emin, Anna Furse, Susan Hiller, Sarah Lucas and Francis Upritchard.

The exhibition draws on first hand accounts, intimate portraits, original photographs, letters, film and documents to trace 200 years of history of women in states of mental crisis. From Mary Lamb to Marilyn Monroe, and Alice James to Virginia Woolf. Setting their stories and experiences alongside boldly inventive art to reflect on the experience of women and their relationship to the mind doctors who confined, cared for and listened to them.

Leading contemporary artists

The exhibition presents work by leading contemporary artists including Susan Hiller, Louise Bourgeois, Helen Chadwick, Anna Furse, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas.

Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors has been inspired by Lisa Appignanesi’s acclaimed book of the same name and Freud’s Women which Appignanesi co-wrote with John Forrester.

Intimate and revealing portraits

Objects and paintings on display include portraits of Sylvia Plath, Mary Lamb and Virginia Woolf on loan from the National Portrait Gallery and Freud’s iconic 1930 surrealist chair and Dali’s original portrait of Freud from the Freud Museum Collections.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a season of performances, talks, films and events running until 2 February 2014.

  • Mad, Bad and Sad: Women and the Mind Doctors
  • 10 October 2013 - 2 February 2014
  • Freud Museum London, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London. NW3 5SX.
  • Open Wednesday to Sunday 12pm – 5pm
     

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