SCENT IN CONTEXT: Olfactory Art by Peter de Cupere

Overview book: 20 years working with scents

Texts by: Peter de Cupere, Caro Verbeek (Odorama & Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), Ashraf Osman (Scent Culture Institute), Willem Elias (professor of culture philosophy, president of the HISK), Hsuan L. Hsu (professor of English at the Univeristy of California, Davis), Koan Jeff Baysa (The Institute of Art and Olfaction), Ruth Renders (art critic specialized in art and film studies).

Published by Stockmans. Already available in the exhibition Eens was ik een mens (Is This Mankind) in de Warande, Turnhout; soon online and in select art book & museum shops.

472 pages, 22 scratch & sniff images, over 500 works, more than 1500 images
3 kg, 29.5cm H x 24.5cm W x 5cm
English / Dutch (Nederlands)


DAS RHEIN RAUSCHEN: Ines Lechleitner / Andreas Wilhelm

Solo exhibition by Ines Lechleitner / Scent in collaboration with Andreas Wilhelm
Curated by Emilie Bruner at Villa Renata in Basel, Switzerland (Nov – Dec 2016)


Dialogue of the senses and nonverbal communication being core subjects in her artistic practice, the artist Ines Lechleitner started her research for a river perfume based on the river Rhine in Basel for her solo exhibition “Das Rhein Rauschen” curated by Emilie Bruner.

The exhibition explored what it means ‘to be in the river’, following the German expression ‘im Fluss sein’ which simply means being in the river but equally stands for fully participating in the flow of life. It displayed the scope of Ines Lechleitner´s multidisciplinary practice in photography, video, drawing, sculpture, sound, smell and performance. The elements of the exhibition constituted the base for the scent Das Rhein Rauschen which was developed with the Zürich based perfumer Andreas Wilhelm. The fragrance follows the riverbed and its sediments through a natural print of the Rhine filtered by a Minke whale and recalls its fast flowing, glittering surface reflected in the voice of Alessandra Eramo. When the analogy is made between a river and a perfume ones body becomes the shore holding out a river’s arm and the sound of the rushing waters can turn into the memory of rolling in wet grass.

The fragrance was part of the exhibition, is now available in a 50ml flacon and part of the artist edition box as a 10ml river-roll-on.

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“There is a pleasure in the ‘Pathless Woods’”


The new Monda Gallery of Contemporary Art at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida opened on November 4 with a site-specific installation by American artist Anne Patterson, featuring a scent by Beau Rhee. Titled Pathless Woods, referencing a line of Byron’s poetry – “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods” – the interactive multi-media installation invites visitors to find their own path through a forest of ribbons, each directional choice leading to a unique experience.

Pathless Woods continues Patterson’s exploration into creating synesthetic environments, which begun with the 2013 project Graced With Light installed to great acclaim at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. This work features a musical piece, “The Garden of Cosmic Speculation” by Michael Gandolfi as well as projections by the artist Adam Larsen. On Thursday evenings a scent evocative of a forest and created specifically for the installation by Beau Rhee, will be sprayed in the galleries. Patterson believes the resulting experience will leave visitors feelings as if they are, “swimming through color.”

The exhibition, curated by Matthew McLendon, will run till early May 2017.

For more info, check out the museum’s website:

And this feature in the Herald Tribune:


MELANCHOLIA: Marion Colomer & Dana El-Masri


One of the most enjoyable aspects of what I do is the matchmaking—not of the romantic variety, but the artistic one. When DC-based French artist, Marion Colomer, contacted me about her latest project, Melancholia, I immediately thought of NYC-based perfumer, Dana El-Masri. Both were talented young women who shared, in my view, a similar approach to their creative work: one that is at once both romantic and refreshingly fearless. I was looking forward to what they come up with!


That combination is reflected in Colomer’s statement about her work, that its focus is the paradox. With that, her series Melancholia attempts to capture the paradox visually with a series of nude figures in lush jungle settings. While these surroundings are rendered verdant with deep saturated colors, the figures are depicted monochromatically with fragile pencil lines. So while the figures often occupy the foreground, they seem to recede back and disappear into their surroundings. This forces the viewer to get closer, revealing the rather erotic nature of these figures, and casting the viewer in a transgressive voyeuristic light. This intimate effect is heightened by the presentation of the work: one enters the space though a fragrant curtain of raffia strands to find the work lit, frameless, against a black backdrop.


Fittingly, Colomer states that her series starts with the paradox of a scent, “a perfume that would for some people smell like an exotic flower, a fragrance of a lost paradise, while others that experience this effluvia would behold something dangerous, a moist smell of soil decomposition.” El-Masri renders this brief smartly. Her “wet earth scent” opens, innocently enough and as promised, with a green damp earth accord. But the scent soon takes on darker aspects: not the darkness of animalic notes or patchouli, but the counter-intuitive darkness of toxic synthetic fumes. Recall the scent of opening the packet of a cheap plastic tablecloth or shower-curtain: that volatile, almost threatening, but also seductive glue-like odor? There is something unsettling, but also refreshing, about this incongruence—the natural vs. the synthetic, the colorful vs. the melancholic—which makes Colomer and El-Masri’s work that most seductive of things: human.


Melancholia is on view at the Arlington Art Center until December 18, 2016.

(Text by Ashraf Osman)

“Fragrance artist Anicka Yi wins major art prize”(via Dazed)

The conceptual artist, who makes sculptures out of smell, has won the Hugo Boss Art Prize 2016


Contemporary art is littered with examples of artists who have created work out of unusual materials: Damien Hirst used pickled animals, Marc Quinn used his own blood and Helmut Lang used 6,000 pieces of his archive – shredded – but the winner of the 20th Hugo Boss Art Prize employs something perhaps even more unorthodox: smell.

South Korean artist Anicka Yi, who works predominantly with fragrance, makes art that can be enjoyed by our sense of smell, as well as sight. “Smell is a form of sculpture, because it has a lot of volume,” she is noted to have said. Her works include That Fork Feels Good Sliding in My Mouth which comprises of a canvas made from a scented soap.

In winning the Hugo Boss Art Prize 2016, Yi not only receives the hefty sum of $100,000 but also gets the opportunity to stage a solo exhibition at major New York gallery, the Guggenheim. Opening in April of next year, the exhibition will be the artist’s first big show on US soil. . .

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SEX SMELLS: Body & Smell in the 21st Century

A new exhibition at Kunstverein Wolfsburg in Germany
Duration: 02.09 – 06.11.2016
Artists: Julia Barbee, Peter de Cupere, Sarah Schoenfeld, Clara Ursitti
Curator: Jennifer Bork

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More info (in German) at:

ANTIPARFUM + «Dummes Holz»

As part of Every Contact Leaves a Trace, the Bachelor and Master Exhibition for Institut Kunst HGK FHNW, artist Maeva Rosset is presenting a creation, in collaboration with perfumer Giovanni SammarcoANTIPARFUM: An Olfactive Translation of an Artistic Practice. What do researches, thoughts, and reflections smell like? You can see and read more about it here.


The exhibition will be at two venues, opening Thu. Sep. 1, 2016:
Kaskadenkondensator from 6pm
Kunsthalle Basel from 8pm


For the Kunsthalle exhibition, Rosset will also present her new sculptural series: «Dummes Holz». Rosset & Sammarco also created a particular perfume for the sculptures inspired by the taste of blood.





New York’s Smell Dating

“The first mail odor dating service.”


“Love at first whiff is the idea behind Smell Dating, a New York matchmaking service that promises to help single people sniff out their perfect match by breathing in the odors from dirty T-shirts.

Artist Tega Brain, who teaches at New York’s School for Poetic Computation, and Sam Lavigne, an editor and researcher at New York University, created Smell Dating, which they describe as an art project.

Each of its first 100 clients received a T-shirt to wear for three days straight without bathing. The clients then mailed the T-shirts back to Brain and Lavigne’s “Sweat Shop” at NYU, where they were cut into swatches. Smell Dating then sent batches of 10 mixed swatches back to the clients to sniff this week.

A match will be made if one client likes the scent of another and the olfactory attraction is mutual…”

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“Collected Smells” by Smell Lab

Collected Smells is the first installation produced by the Smell Lab.
The work consists of several smells gathered during the Smell Lab’s meetings and derived from various locations in Berlin-Neukölln. The installation is made up of sheets of cloth imbued with scents from our surroundings, for example – the water, the soil, cigarette smoke…

The work is the culmination of the lab’s explorations and is the first in a series of future projects.

This event was part of the transmediale/CTM Vorspiel 2016 festival.

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Art Sense(s) Lab English Master


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The Fine Arts department University College PXL-MAD Hasselt offers ‘Art Sense(s) Lab’: an artistic, academic English Master programme in Visual Arts (one year – 60 ECTS). The course revolves around experimentation and research, for which thinking and doing are in constant interaction. The increase of interest in the use of the senses smell, taste and touch within the world of fine arts offers an inspiring starting point which is constantly questioned in order to develop a critical attitude towards how senses may add context to artistic work or be the context of the artwork.

The master programme consists of two major components: Artistic Studio Practice and the Master Seminar Series Art Sense(s) Lab.

Master students are free to work around one or more senses. Depending on their interest they can focus on smell, taste or touch. But also crossovers between these senses or in combination with seeing and/or hearing are possible.
There can also be cross-overs or combinations in the way of expressing, translating the use of senses with various art forms like painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass works, printmaking, time-based art, new media and video-installations.
The international well-known olfactory artist tutor of the English Master Art Sense(s) Lab is Peter de Cupere.  He works with a team of professional artists and academics to support the students in their development.

For more detailed information, please download our information brochure, or click here for the link to the website.
For more information about Peter de Cupere click here.