Wilhelm Reich

Jewish Museum Vienna | Dorotheergasse
Dorotheergasse 11
November 16–March 9

Curated by Birgit Johler

Depending on one's point of view, Wilhelm Reich was either a renegade crackpot psychoanalyst or a visionary sociopsychological theorist and countercultural hero. He joined Freud's circle in 1920, but his political militancy and unorthodox writings soon alienated him from the established psychoanalytic community. He remains best known for his body-oriented psychology, with its theories regarding the liberating power of the orgasm, and his hypothesis of a universal life energy he called orgone. Johler's survey of Reich's life and work amasses three-hundred-odd objects and documents—including, of course, one of the boxes known as orgone accumulators. The exhibition—organized in collaboration with the Wilhelm Reich Museum in Rangeley, Maine—also features artworks and experimental films by Joseph Beuys, Mara Mattuschka, William Steig, and others who were inspired by Reich's theories, as well as two of Reich's own paintings.