Follow your nose!
Smell in a museum? Not an obvious idea at first. Art museums are strongly oriented towards the sense of sight. Hearing, touch or smell seem to play an increasingly important role only for artists of the recent past. But is that really the case? Do most works of art really contain no information or clues about smell? Find out with us!
Together with a team from the EU research project Odeuropa, artworks were selected from the collections that depict smell or things that smell: fragrant gardens, a perfume ball (a so-called musk apple) on a garment, the smoke of hell or an artist’s dining table. These smells have become reality: The perfumers at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) have “recreated” them for us.
With the sense of smell, we tell previously undiscovered stories behind the paintings. Follow your nose through the Museum Ulm and experience selected works from our collection in a surprisingly different way as part of the new guided tour concept.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 101004469.
Look here for a BBC TV report on the guided tours with smell in the Museum Ulm: