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The exhibition’s title, Traces upon the Wunderblock, refers to Sigmund Freud’s concept of the unconscious. According to Freud, the wunderblock represents the . Wunderblock is an exhibition of new work at the Freud Museum in London, 6 March- 26 May, , by artist Emma Smith, drawing on original. FOR BOOKING, REMIXING, MASTERING REQUESTS: [email protected] org *** The term of Wunderblock is related to the concept by Siegmund Freud.

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Traces upon the Wunderblockthe first New York exhibition of a legendary and influential group of works amassed in the early s by the psychiatrist and art historian Hans Prinzhorn.

Based at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, the collection is comprised of drawings made by psychiatric patients who suffered social exclusion, psychic illness, and isolation-experiences that are common, freid often erased from collective memory.

The Drawing Center’s exhibition, which consisted of over two hundred drawings and books, will mark the last time that the collection will be lent prior to the opening in of a museum at the University of Heidelberg dedicated to the collection.

Exhibition Title The exhibition’s title, Traces upon the Wunderblockrefers to Sigmund Freud’s concept of the unconscious. According to Freud, the wunderblock represents the way in which the psyche records material. He adopts the metaphor of the wunderblock wunddrblock, which is a child’s toy, also known as the mystic writing pad, consisting of a thin sheet of clear plastic covering a thick waxed board.

The user can write or draw on it with any pointed instrument, pressing through the sheet of plastic, making traces in the surface below.

As soon as the sheet is lifted up, the image above disappears, while traces of it remain on the wax surface underneath. Thus, the wunderblock alludes to the way the psychic system which, having received sense reception from the outside world, remains unmarked by those impressions that then pass through it to a deeper layer where they are recorded wubderblock unconscious memory. Therefore, it illuminates the mechanism by which the repressed becomes the prototype of the wunderbloc.


Drawings in the exhibition, which are astounding in their beauty and intensity, chronicle the painful struggle to reconcile personal, interior existence with the demands of external forces.

wunderblock – Leon Brenner

The Prinzhorn Collection was assembled during an era of new research into mental illness and Dr. Prinzhorn, in his belief in the curative power of personal expression, particularly through the act of drawing, was at the forefront of these methodological changes in treatment. Prinzhorn was also an advocate for the aesthetic legitimacy of the drawings in his collection.

In fact, the collection was assembled with the idea of opening a museum dedicated to them in the s, but due to unrest in Europe, Dr.

Prinzhorn’s plan for a museum was not realized during his lifetime. Prinzhorn’s research into mental illness were the activities of many avant-garde artists who attempted to transgress existing visual practices wunderbloco exploring spontaneous acts of creation and the unconscious.

People such as the artist Alfred Kubin and the sociologist Georg Simmel came to visit the collection, but its works became more widely known, particularly to artists, with the publication of Prinzhorn’s Bildnerei der Geisteskranken Artistry of the Mentally Ill in This book became a source of inspiration to numerous European artists, particularly in Germany and France between World War I and II, and for a great number of American artists after Although avant-garde artists have often turned to the artworks of individuals who evade established categories of art history, the Prinzhorn Collection had a particular influence on the theorization and practice of automatic writing and drawing undertaken by the Surrealists.


Launched in Fallthe Drawing Papers is a flexible series of exhibition and program-related publications that serves as a catalyst for public discussion on the status of drawing in a multi-media age.


The Prinzhorn volume of the Drawing Papers will offer the opportunity for new scholarly research into the collection. Containing four major essays, it will introduce New York audiences to a body of drawings that, while little known to the general public, has been influential to the theorization and practice of the avant-garde and some of the most important art movements of the twentieth century.

Focusing on drawing in relation to insanity, the Drawing Papers will explore the imaginary order versus the symbolic order in visual language. Weissas well as selected color plates of works in the exhibition and an exhibition checklist. Recent wynderblock include “Matrix and Metamorphosis,” Differences 4, no.

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Weiss is the author of Unnatural Horizons: Works from the Prinzhorn Collectionpublished by the Hayward Gallery, London, in conjunction with a exhibition of the same name. The book contains color reproductions of the majority of works in The Drawing Center’s exhibition, as well as essays on the history of the collection by Inge JadiDirector, the Prinzhorn Collection, University of Heidelberg and Bettina Brand-ClaussenAssistant Curator.

Funding The Prinzhorn Collection: Traces upon the Wunderblock is made possible, in part, through a generous grant from The Howard Gilman Foundation.