Vienna Therapy – A Public Art Installation by Nychos Celebrating the Father of Psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud
The Vienna Tourist Board in partnership with the Vienna-based artist Nychos presents “Vienna Therapy“, a public art installation, in New York City’s Flatiron Plaza, open to the public June 16 – 18, 2016. Internationally recognized Austrian artist Nychos, known for glorifying the inner workings of animals and characters with his vibrant art, will debut new work entitled “The Dissection of Sigmund Freud”. For a special three-day installation and immersive experience, he dissected the bust of Sigmund Freud, revealing his brain, and paying homage to the visionary’s inner life as the pioneer of psychoanalysis. The portrayal has the shape of a hulking ten-foot tall white sculpture of Freud positioned behind and leaning over a couch to sit upon.
Opening Thursday June 16 at 6:00PM, the public art installation at Flatiron Plaza will run through Saturday June 18. Just as Sigmund Freud “dissected” the workings of the human mind to enhance our understanding and mastery of our own minds, Nychos dissected Sigmund Freud to present a modern portrait of his inner mind. Locals and tourists alike are invited to enjoy “Vienna Therapy” in the father of psychoanalysis’s couch (free of charge!). The three dimensional white sculpture stands in stark minimalism to the artist’s raw, enthralling and vibrantly colorful two dimensional reliefs. The installation will be free for visitors from Thursday from 12PM – 10PM, Friday from 7AM- 10PM, and Saturday from 9AM – 5PM, June 16 – June 18 2016.
Everyone who participates in “Vienna Therapy” will be given the chance to win a bespoke trip to Vienna, tailored according to the winner’s identified wishes. Visitors have the opportunity to use a brainwave sensitive headset, which playfully invites the public to discover their subconscious desires regarding visiting Vienna. A tasteful “Vienna Library” next to the sculpture will offer visitors more in-depth information on Sigmund Freud, Nychos, the historic city of Vienna and its other treasures.
Norbert Kettner, director of the Vienna Tourist Board, who will be in New York for the opening, adds, “Over the past century, imperial Vienna has transformed into a center for contemporary art, modern architecture and design. It has been said that the days of Freud, Klimt and Schiele must have been an exciting time to be in Vienna, a time when it was a global center of arts and culture. While this may be true, I find the city to be most appealing today – a balanced blend of past achievements and innovative developments, enriched by the amenities of a modern, well-functioning and safe metropolis.”
In anticipation of the 3D installation in Flatiron Plaza, Nychos created a 2D mural of Sigmund Freud in the thriving Danube Canal area of Vienna. The Dissection of Freud is also contextualized by additional new work from the artist opening in a solo exhibition entitled IKON at Jonathan Levine Gallery at 529 West 20th Street in New York’s Chelsea gallery district. Open June 25 – July 23, IKON is a body of work comprised of portraits of “Pop Icons”, characters whose images have been burned into our minds since they were created. With his work, Nychos dismantles these figures to reveal two extremes of surface and core. There will be an opening reception for IKON at the gallery on Saturday, June 25th from 6-8pm (free and open to the public).
Courtesy Austrian Tourist Office