Attack on the nose! Not as before only with fragrance, such as the extra designed odor brands for the car industry: a Bentley smells rich, or the clever “temptations” of the fashion biz at Abercrombie & Fitch, which obscure their shops so that the smell talks to the street. And Google has long been tinking to beat it on ideas at cyberspace – has not yet been done.
The Tinguely Museum in Basel accesses the sensual trend and provokes depending on feeling very individual feelings. It starts with “Belle Haleine” a challenging journey over five ‘continents‘ of the human senses.
“Belle Haleine – The Smell of the Art” is a Fragrance of Michel Duchamp. The bottle is decorated with the ‘alter ego’ of Duchamp, a female Portrait by Man Ray. Exciting experiences promises “The Fear of Smell“: walls smell of “sweat–portraits” of 11 men. Sometimes you can smell the scents even before you see the source of the scent. This installation of the Norwegian artist and Smell researcher, Sissel Tolaas, examines the relationship between anxiety, smell and disgust. Her prepared walls smell of the “sweat–portraits” of 11 men. A real challenge also offer the suspended spice scent tubes, “Mentre accade niente“ by Ernesto Neto; or the Eau Claire, Bottled, 20 years old, scented self-portrait of Clara Ursitti.
It is an amazing exhibition, which boasts not only pleasant scents, you see …
General Information Museum Tinguely openeing hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 11 – 18 h
Friday, 3rd April 2015, Good Friday closed
Eastersunday, 5th April 2015 and Eastermonday, 6th April 2015, 11 – 18 h
Thursday, 14th Mai 2015, 11-18 h
The exhibition ends at 17th of Mai 2015
Installation view at the Museum Tinguely, Basel © 2015 Museum Tinguely, Basel; Photo: Peter Schnetz