Review of “Belle Haleine – The Scent of Art” on Basenotes

Carsten Höller with François Roche, Hypothèse de grue, 2013

You may be familiar with exhibitions that have presented perfume as olfactory art. However, olfactory art is a genre of fine art pertaining to smell that traces its roots back to the avant-garde, early in the twentieth century. A new exhibition at Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland, establishes these historical origins of the genre while showcasing a wide range of practices to the present day that could be understood under this rubric. Curated by Annja Müller-Alsbach, Belle Haleine – The Scent of Art is the largest exhibition of olfactory art kind to date, with works by more than 40 international artists on more than 1200 m². And even though, as it disclaims, it does not “pursue the aim of an art historically comprehensive chronological collective exhibition”, it is in many a sense a history-making exhibition…

Carsten Höller with François Roche, Hypothèse de grue, 2013
Carsten Höller with François Roche, Hypothèse de grue, 2013 Metallic structure, bi-resin, fabric, polystyrene, pvc, polyurethane foam, smoke machine, timer and various substances, L: max 500 cm, Base: 95 cm, width max. 260 cm x height 230 cm Courtesy les artistes et Air de Paris, Paris © François Roche, 2015, ProLitteris, Zurich; Photo : Marc Domage, Courtesy Air de Paris, Paris

Read the entire review by Ashraf Osman and Claus Noppeney on Basenotes at:
http://www.basenotes.net/features/3049-review-of-belle-haleine-the-scent-of-art

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