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Leading Lights of the 20th Century


Leading Lights of the 20th century. Sigmund Freud

Seen by Xavier Rubert de Ventós and Gino Rubert

This is not an exhibition about the life or the influence of Freud: it is, rather, an example or a sample of that influence. Indeed, with Freud and his world of metaphor, anything is possible. Even, like Gino Rubert, furnishing your own whims and, while you're at it, killing your father and then using him as a curtain-raiser or announcement of your own personal phantasmagoria.

Psychoanalysis is the discovery of a fact that is as ineluctable as it is disturbing: our tendency to act according to our memories without actually remembering them. Freud explains how these unremembered-"repressed" or "censored"-memories then manifest themselves as symptoms: neuroses, phobias, persecution complexes and so on.

By way of example, let's say that we refuse to remember the disturbing caresses of our uncle's hand when he used to take us to the pictures on Sunday. The symptom now, many years later, is that we are unable to enter a cinema without breaking out in a cold sweat or trembling. And the cure, "on the couch", consists of having our brains washed, or our hormones looked at through our neurones.

Curators: Xavier Rubert de Ventós, Gino Rubert

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