The Art of Scent 1889-2012 in New York opening soon!
20 will be an inportant date for all of us perfume lovers: “The Art
of Scent 1889-2012” exhibition opens in New York (MAD). It will be
the first major museum exhibition to recognize scent as a major
medium of artistic creation, and all my appreciation goes to Chandler
Burr, the curator, for contributing hugely and enthusiastically to the
The exhibition (closing on Feb 24) focuses on twelve perfumery masterpieces composed between 1889 and 2012 which will include Jicky, created by Aimé
Guerlain in 1889; Ernest Beaux’s Chanel N° 5 from 1921;
Jean-Claude Ellena’s Osmanthe Yunnan from 2006; and Daniela
Andrier’s Untitled, created in 2010. Each scent will reveal the
evolution of aesthetics in perfumery or illustrate major
innovations in scent design such as the introduction of synthetic raw
materials in the late nineteenth century. Special focus will be given also to the visual aspect of perfumery!
Various events will take place during the exhibition,
among them I'm particularly interested in "Synesthesia and Perfume"
with Ron Winnegrad on Saturday, November 10, but it's already sold
However there are places for "Design
and Structure in Olfactory Art" (Nov 15);
Chandler will be sharing some beautiful raw materials
with the audience and talking about—and smelling— the growth of
the olfactory palette. This sounds extremely inviting: Chandler is a fascinating speaker and I think it would be fantastic to be there.
However, if you plan to be in NY in December, try to be
there the 13for
the Lecture “The Birth of a Scent: Spicebomb” by Master perfumer
Carlos Benaim (author of Arden's Red Door, Eternity for man for C.
Klein, Pure Poison for Dior, Polo and Polo Blue di R. Lauren and may
more). Tracing the construction of the perfume Spicebomb, this fully
interactive presentation explains the process behind the creation of
this work of art. Audience members will receive blotters with the mods Benaim
produced on the way to creating Spicebomb, allowing them a rare opportunity to learn how he expertly
constructed this scent using a hugely successful contemporary
approach to spice materials.