When artists encounter the olfactory sense
Contemporary Art | Artists have taken hold of the structure of the immaterial medium that is the olfactory system.
The 13th edition of Chambres à part, organized by Laurence Dreyfus during the FIAC, has taken place at the Grand Musée du Parfum around the topic of smells associated to feminity. The exhibition associates artworks 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 adopts 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 interprets 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.
Coming next : a complete analysis on this subject.
Publié le 20/10/2017
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