Dream Museum gives chance to explore subconscious

Nov. 29, 2012, 10:36 a.m. | Museums — by Olena Goncharova

Whether you want to explore the dark reaches of your psyche or are simply a fan of Sigmund Freud, Kyiv’s latest museum may be the place for you. Located in a quite yard in Pechersk area, the Dream Museum takes an unconventional look at the workings of the inner mind.

The museum’s founders – professional psychoanalyst Tetyana Tsvelodub and Viktoria Danelyan, head of the Ukrainian Psychoanalysis Association – were inspired by the well-known Freud museum in St. Petersburg, which consists of different live installations dedicated to famed researcher. But they wanted to make the site more than just a dry series of hall with exhibits, leaning instead toward a place of informal communication and learning, giving people a place to share their interest in psychoanalysis

The themes of the expositions vary by season: Autumn is about nightmares, Winter lectures will be dedicated to the questions of identity. “In spring we want to discuss erotic dreams and talk about their nature without any complexes,” Tsvelodub adds. “And here we want everybody to understand their alter ego.”

Many people take the idea of psychoanalysis with a grain of salt. Tsvelodub said in Soviet times works by Freud were almost forbidden. But nowadays the development of the theory and the practice of psychoanalysis is getting more popular. “There’s no crime in psychoanalysis, it tries to harmonize the inner and outer (parts) of one’s psyche,” Tsvelodub adds.

The easiest way to influence the subconscious is by learning to explore dreams and communication. That’s why the Dream Museum will host lectures dedicated to outstanding scientists like Carl Gustav Jung or Jacques Lacan. The organizers also plan to hold movie clubs and theater performances.

Those who want to change their habits and way of life may try free association technique Dixit. This French game based on painted cards so when the players are shown the cards they’re free to talk everything that comes to mind. “Such event helps people to understand some factors that determine their behavior and emotions,” Tsvelodub said. The game usually takes place on weekend (the admission fee is Hr 30).

The graduates from the International institute of depth psychology, Danelyan and Tsvelodub also set up psychoanalytic room for clients who want to try psychoanalysis as medical treatment.

Their first Nightmare Art exhibition tries to make a little way for explaining the nature of dreams. It will be available till the end of November. The day Kyiv Post visited some 15 people were waiting for an excursion.

Excursion guide Yaryna Grusha handed out flashlights and took the group into a dark room with paintings and installations made by young Ukrainian artists Kateryna Balytska, Tetyana Galochkina and Anna Vorozhbyt. In the middle of the room there was a screen where Gennadiy Chernega’s video-installation “Deep sleep” was being shown.

At the end of the 30-minute excursion the guide turned on the light. All the visitors were rather excited. “As for me it was interesting because it was unusual exhibition,” Kateryna Melnyk, one of the visitors said. “Besides it I like their art house approach, and the interior is extremely nice,” Melnyk said.


Dream Museum

55 Chigorina St.

531- 9727

Nightmare Art exhibition – Sat, Sun 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission fee Hr 50

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