Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museumplein 10, Amsterdam (NL)
Peter De Cupere
The combination of smell and art may seem an unexpected one, yet many contemporary artists incorporate smell, scent and perfume in their work. In the exhibition Monumentalism: History and National Identity in Contemporary Art, Job Koelewijn presents an olfactory art work. In addition, the Stedelijk Museum has many more art works in its collection that use the sensory experience of smell, such as The Beanery (1965) by Edward Kienholz.
Smell It! explores olfactory dimensions in contemporary art by presenting recent developments in smell culture accompanied by an actual experience of scent. Artists Peter de Cupere, Sue Corke/Hagen Betzwieser and Valentina Hulsman – in a lecture, an art work and an olfactory performance respectively – present their work. Theorist Jim Drobnick, an authority in the field of smell and contemporary culture, examines the practice of distillation in contemporary olfactory art. He connects this with the artistic search for new strategies to address the aesthetic and political dimensions of urban experience.
The evening will be concluded by a round table discussion with Peter de Cupere, Jim Drobnick, anthropologist Yolanda van Ede and Adam Tasi of SmartNose, moderated by olfactory art historian Caro Verbeek. The two lectures will be merged with eye- and nose-catching visuals and smells, provided by Aroma Jockey Dr. Perfume and visual artist VJ ED (AromaVisuals).