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by Archaeology Newsroom

Fetishim and collecting mania.The Freud collection

The tendency to collect derives from one’s need to define his own qualities and to control the world around him. It also suggests a personal relationship between man and objects, functioning as a bridge over the past. Every human product has two aspects, one is a tangible, “objective” reality – and the other is that of the imagination,of human inventiveness, and of the ideological charge that resulted in its production. When a private collection becomes public, any attempt to present it objectively is a utopia. This is especially true, when it comes to to a group of articles having their own distinct meaning, an assemblage of fetish understood only by their owner-spiritual father as in the case of the Freud collection.