“Scent-based works comply with all of the criteria defining works of art. In 1950, photographs were perceived as little more than small mirrors of reality. Today, we understand that they are subjective and may be manipulated, like artwork. – Picasso said –Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth, at least the truth that is given to us to understand”.
Burr agrees, adding: “In 1889 Aimé Guerlain created the glorious lie that is Jicky, based on synthetic molecules that began to free olfactory artists from the limitations of nature. ‘The Art of Scent 1889 – 2014’ presents this and seven other brilliant works of truth for our consideration”.
“We create a blank canvas and draw sensory panels with the light, to make a bubble that allows us to focus on one of the least popular senses, olfaction. Because we must recall that smell is the shortest pathway to the emotions”, adds Jesús Cano. Cano Estudio, is also responsible for the graphic image of “The Art of Scent 1889 – 2014”.
In addition, this exhibition also reveals the relationship of each perfume with emblematic works of art history. With a Quick Response code, it is possible to discover works of art which, like these perfumes, were icons during this era.
until February 4, 2015
The Art of Scent 1889 – 2014
curated by Chandler Burr
Círculo de Bellas Artes
Calle de Alcalá 42, Madrid