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)


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.





Osmodrama Festival for Olfactory Art

The first festival for olfactory art in Berlin, from 15th July until 18th September.



With the scent organ Smeller 2.0 developed by Wolfgang Georgsdorf, olfactory narratives can be performed as standalones, as music with smells, as films to smell and as books to smell. With Edgar Reitz, Omer Fast, Eva Mattes, and many more.

More info at:

“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.

For more info, check out:

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.

“Dig in! – Scent and Art”

Currently at KVD Gallery:

“Es ist angerichtet! – der Geruch und die Kunst”
(“Dig in! – Scent and Art”)
An exhibition by Camilla Nicklaus-Maurer

Exhibition period: 31.03-24.04.2016
Address: Pfarrstr.13, 85221 Dachau, Germany

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The meal is served, but it remains invisible. Artist Camilla Nicklaus-Maurer presents 13 odors under glass domes waiting to reveal to the viewer their little secrets. This is the essence of work from the past ten years as well as three new concepts. Thus, on the one hand, the works of art serve the purpose of memory, which is the genuine property of smell. On the other, they giving a glimpse into the future.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung had a review (in German) of the exhibition:

Finissage: Sun. 24.04.2016 at 17:00, with a catalog presentation and a conversation with the curator, Prof. Dr. Florian Matzner.

The artist will be present during the exhibition period on Sundays. You can pre-order of catalog (in German and English, ISBN 978-3-00-052163-8) directly from her.


Elodie Pong: “Paradise Paradoxe”

A fragrant exhibition at Helmhaus Zürich
11 March – 8 May 2016 

You can close your eyes but you can’t turn off your nose. Elodie Pong, video and installation artist from Zurich, investigates the invisible olfactory architecture that surrounds us as the point of departure for her solo exhibition at Helmhaus Zürich. Visitors encounter plants that ripened in a 3-D printer, a robot that hurls the names of perfumes at the wall – and a fragrance that has never been smelled before (White, developed in collaboration with Roman Kaiser of Givaudan).

You can find more information (in German) here, or in English (as PDF).

And if you’re in Zurich, please join us tomorrow for the first meet-up of the Scent Culture Club (SCC) at the Karl der Grosse Center in the heart of the city (right across from Grossmünster)!


In the Exhibition “AETHER”, Smell is Required

Art and culture have already received many responsibilities in their long tradition: they are to serve as an expression of the people, fascinate, inspire, and form their identity. But above all, they are to remind people of their sensual and aesthetic essence. Neither sensuality nor aesthetics stop at national borders, religious differences or political motivations. Sensuality and aesthetics are essential components that lie hidden in every human being and distinguish us as individuals.
Our time is especially marked through its mediality. Vision and hearing are well supported; but what about our sense of smell?


Sebastian Pralle, master student of Prof. Ulrich Eller at the Braunschweig University of Art, has just devoted in his exhibition “AETHER” to this question. In a light, poetic, almost filigree type, the artist calls on the viewers to engage their sense of smell, to train and rediscover it. The artworks consists of smell tones (ash, curry, earth and pine wood) laid into pieces of paper.  Pralle developed the concept in close coordination with the architecture of the exhibition space of the Young Art Association. In this artistic installation based on the sense of smell perception, the audience is conceived as multi-sensory beings and ​​the aesthetics of the odor are experienced as material product.

Read more (in German) at:

“The Masticator” by Eric Vrymoed at the IAO

The Masticator
An installation by Eric Vrymoed
The Institute for Art and Olfaction Project Space

On view: January 9 to February 5, 2016


The Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO) is pleased to present The Masticator – an on-site installation by artist Eric Vrymoed.

For this current project, Vrymoed focuses on ideas around mastication: the frenzy, the consumption, the obsessive. Utilizing sound, scent, and everyday objects, he provokes a disorientation of the senses. Through his use of materials, Vrymoed highlights the connection between it’s destruction and corporeal repurposing.

He invites the viewer to contemplate the absurdity of the labor composed before them; the pounds of gum chewed; the termites corralled – ultimately exploring the alchemical translation of substance though physical consumption and transformation. But, always, with a wink a nod.

Read more at the IAO’s website: