DUFT, SMELL, OLOR, … Multiple representations of the olfactory in contemporary art

Exhibition in the Centre for Artists' Publications for the project Smell it!

08.05.2021 - 15.08.2021
Piero Manzoni: Merda d'artista (Künstlerscheiße), 1961/Neuauflage 2013. Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen. Foto: Bettina Brach. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Internationally, numerous artists have dealt directly or indirectly with olfactory aspects in their artist publications. This was done on the one hand through a conceptual examination and on the other hand by dealing with materials that smell. Gerhard Rühm, for example, addressed smelling in the radio play Rhythmus r (1964), Anne Deguelle designed a Portait olfactif de Marcel Duchamp (2006), and Hella Berent created Forno (1990), an artist’s book made of rubber pages.

Curated by Anne Thurmann-Jajes

As part of Smell it! The Fragrance of Art – ten exhibitions in eight museums from May 2021 in the state of Bremen. A joint project on smell in contemporary art by: GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Gerhard-Marcks-Haus, kek Kindermuseum, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Kunsthalle Bremen, Kunstverein Bremerhaven, Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Städtische Galerie Bremen, Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Centre for Artists’ Publications.