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When artists encounter the olfactory sense

Contemporary Art | Some artists have appropriated the structure of the immaterial medium that is the olfactory system.

Chambres à part 13 - Marc Quinn, The Vortex of Desire, 2011, Ed. 4_5 © Aurélien Mole - Laurence Dreyfus
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Chambres à part 13 - Marc Quinn, The Vortex of Desire, 2011, Ed. 4_5
© Aurélien Mole - Laurence Dreyfus

The 13th edition of Chambres à part, which is organized by Laurence Dreyfus during the FIAC, has taken place at the Grand Musée du Parfum around the subject of feminity’s odors. The exhibition associates artworks picked by Dreyfus with the Museum’s collections, exploring the creative processes through the perspective of the olfactory sense. In this way, the artists play with concepts that are specific to the perfumers’ world : notes, ranges, compositions, harmonies…

Marc Quinn ’s The Vortex of Desire takes the sexual form of an orchid. Historical works acquire their full meaning in our current context, such as L’odeur de l’argent, conceived by Sophie Calle in 2003 in collaboration with the perfumer Francis Kudijan or the odorless bottle L’eau bénite invented by Ben in 1980 to pay tribute to Marcel Duchamp’s Belle haleine. Bertrand Lavier presents the Parfum de la nuit blanche with Christine Nagel, while Leandro Erlich presents the Parfum de la voiture neuve. During her 2015 exhibition 7,070,430K of Digital Spit at the Bale’s Kunsthalle, artist Anicka Yi explores techno-sensual alchemies with perfumer Barnabé Fillion. Morgan Courtois is awarded the 2017 Meurice Prize for an olfactory sculpture also created in collaboration with Barnabé Fillion. Artist Pamela Rosenkranz offers a critical reflection on the subjects of addiction and alienation through an installation that uses cat pheromones, which can also be found in Chanel Number 5. Finally, Cartier’s “olfactory cloud” scented with the perfume L’envol de Cartier in a glass cube was another memorable installation during the FIAC 2017.
Soon, a complete analysis on this subject.

Virginie Bertrand
Publié le 20/10/2017
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Chambres à part 13 - Marc Quinn, The Vortex of Desire, 2011, Ed. 4_5 © Aurélien Mole - Laurence Dreyfus Chambres à part 13 - Marc Quinn, The Vortex of Desire, 2011, Ed. 4_5 © Aurélien Mole - Laurence Dreyfus Chambres à part 13 - Parfums de Femmes - Iris Van Dongen, Adel Blanc Sec, pastel sur papier marouflé sur toile, 230x150 cm © Laurence Dreyfus Chambres à part 13 - Parfums de Femmes - Marina Abramovic - “Portrait with flower (Open Eyes), 2009 © Aurélien Mole - Laurence Dreyfus Chambres à part 13 - Parfums de Femmes - Ori Gersht - Andreas Dobler, The Crown of Creation, 2005 © Aurélien Mole - Laurence Dreyfus Chambres à part 13 - Parfums de Femmes - Ori Gersht - On reflection, 2014 © Aurélien Mole - Laurence Dreyfus Chambres à part 13 - Parfums de Femmes - Sigalit Landau - Violon, 2014 © Aurélien Mole - Laurence Dreyfus

Chambres à part 13 - Marc Quinn, The Vortex of Desire, 2011, Ed. 4_5
© Aurélien Mole - Laurence Dreyfus

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