Victoria Browne, “I can highly recommend the Gestapo to everyone”

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Victoria Browne (London, London, UK)

I can highly recommend the Gestapo to everyone
Foil blocking and HP Indigo Press
Edition size: 150
Pages: 12
Dimensions open: 56 x 31cm
Dimensions closed: 28 x 31cm

Victoria Browne’s practice draws on public special collections to appropriate material research, applying traditional and innovative print techniques in the development of site responsive
artworks. As the founder of KALEID editions her practice extends to artists’ books. In 2013 she was nominated by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator of Prints at the V&A Museum and shortlisted for The British Arts Foundation Printmaking Fellowship Award.

I can highly recommend the Gestapo to everyone
With kind permission of the Freud Museum London and the Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna.

Prior to Dr. Sigmund Freud and his family’s evacuation in 1938, ‘Ich kann die Gestapo jedermann auf das beste empfehlen’ refers to the few words that Freud added after his signature in order to be granted an exit visa. Fifty years later this report was proved incorrect yet historical records have continued to perpetuate the myth until the present day. Citations implicating five biographies are presented with tipped-­in plates of Freud’s unoccupied home in Vienna, obscuring his personal artefacts relocated in London.

On the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the death of the founder of psychoanalysis, ‘Sigmund Freud and the Play on the Burden of Representation’, a group exhibition curated by Joseph Kosuth and Luisa Ziaja at 21er Haus, the Museum of Contemporary Art Vienna. Signed and numbered edition of one hundred and fifty. 2015