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Ricochet # 11
Hisako Inoue: The Library of Smells

October 7, 2017 until January 14, 2018
Museum Villa Stuck

In the exhibition The Library of Smells, expansive installations allow visitors the unique opportunity to experience the relationship between man and book through their sense of smell. Inoue draws parallels between the course of a human life and a book’s stages of use. The books themselves, selected from antiquarian bookshops and private bookshelves – and their smells – are employed as a means of communication and deal with – especially in the workshops which are a constituent part of the exhibition – the thoughts, feelings and memories that smells evoke.

Japan has a rich traditional olfactory culture that reaches back many years. Not only the appreciation of a variety of flavors in Japanese cuisine, but the ceremonies which incorporate olfactory elements into their rituals, such as tea-, flower- and incense ceremonies, also bear witness to this culture. Since the 1980s, however, a distinct rejection of everyday odors can be observed. Cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies continually develop new fragrances which, in the form of sprays, atomizers or perfumes, fight against various everyday smells. The aesthetic evaluation of odors and the choice of deodorizing practices fundamentally change the perception of everyday smells and represent a symbolic boundary between social milieus.

Friday Late
Friday, November 3, 2017, 8:45 pm

Fig.: Museum Villa Stuck, RICOCHET #11. Hisako Inoue - Die Bibliothek der Gerüche, Foto © Nikolaus Steglich.


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