Art of Scent
Where: Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall
When: June 14th - July 15th, 2018
The ‘Art of Scent’ exhibition at The Dubai Mall is based on a very interesting premise: There is an art medium as unknown as it is important, a medium that is the equal of paint, clay, and music but that is only now starting to become understood -- and the works created in it recognized as great works of art. That medium is scent materials. The works of art created in it are perfumes.
We have chosen eleven works of scent art from the select collections in Perfumery & Co. These collections are among the most refined and carefully curated in the world, and each work here is an example of an aesthetically significant, technically masterful work of scent art, created in styles ranging from Abstract Expressionism to Naturalism to Luminist Realism. They are the creations of significant contemporary artists from Thierry Wasser, Christophe Laudamiel, and Patricia de Nicolaï to Daphnée Bugey and Jérome Epinette.
To extend our understanding of the scent medium, we have paired each work of scent art with a stylistically and technically similar work of visual art chosen from Art Emaar’s extensive collection of contemporary works. All the works included are currently exhibited in Fashion Avenue. For the occasion of the exhibition, curator Chandler Burr has written a series of eleven comparative essays exploring the relationship between the olfactory and the visual artworks.
About the curator:
Chandler Burr is a journalist, author, and curator of olfactory art. Burr created the New York Times perfume critic's position, which he occupied from 2006-2010. In 2010 he left the Times to establish the world’s first department of olfactory art, at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. His first exhibition The Art of Scent 1889-2012 ran from 22 November 2012 to 3 May 2013. Burr conducts a series of perfume dinners around the world. He lives in New York City.