Susan Hiller

Freud Museum/Gimpel Fils

The London house in which Freud lived for the last year of his life is now a museum, which houses, among other things, the large number of antique figures Freud collected throughout his life. This collection of cultural artifacts, the private house as public space (its status as a mark of Jewish persecution and displacement), and the legacy of psychoanalysis itself provide a rich context for the display of Susan Hiller’s Box Series, 1991–93. (Her installation is part of a larger project, “The Reading Room,”organized by Book Works and comprised of site-specific work around the United Kingdom, including installations by Joseph Kosuth and Elaine Reichek.)

At the Freud Museum, Hiller covered one wall of an upstairs room with a glassfronted cabinet containing a large number of open, brown, cardboard boxes. Their contents varied greatly, but the pattern was consistent: one or two objects in the

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