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The Art of Scent Gets Museum Recognition

Written by Jennifer Dublino, on April 28th, 2011

While the other senses have long been celebrated in the art and culinary world, scent has tended to be neglected until now. New York’s Musuem of Arts and Design has announced an exhibition called “The Art of Scent: 1889-2011” in November of this year. The exhibit will feature a dozen perfumes that will be diffused into the air, with little visually to distract museum goers from experiencing the different fragrances.

Apparently, the museum liked the idea so much that they decided to dedicate an entire new wing of the museum to scent, The Center of Olfactory Art. Reportedly, this is the first permanent museum installation focused entirely on scent. Chandler Burr, the former NY Times perfume critic and author of The Perfect Scent will be joining the Center full time as the first ever fragrance curator.

According to Burr, fragrance has even more possibilities than what is traditionally thought of as art. “This is a medium that has an astonishingly rich palate,” said Burr. “As a matter fact, I think it’s possibly a more interesting palate in terms of raw materials than any other artistic medium that I know.” He predicts that the exhibit will change the way people think about scent, by “seeing” it in a whole new way.

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