A Fragrant Exhibition: Perfume at the Somerset House

Follow your nose to the scentsational exhibit at Somerset House this summer, Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent. A unique exhibition, designed to stimulate all the senses, the focus on is on ten perfume pioneers from the past two decades.

Walking through the door, your nose is already twitching with subtle scents coming from the exhibition. Initially, you are greeted with the ten trailblazing scents of the 20th century- one for each decade. Remember Giorgio Beverly Hills? And ck one? These are two of the most famous perfumes in recent history, perfumes that have changed how we think about scent.

Moving through the exhibition, you are then presented with ten perfumes that are innovators in the industry today. Each perfume is displayed in an immersive experience- not a bottle of perfume insight, but rather a bed layered with rumpled bed sheets, scented with Antoine Lie’s 2007 Secretions Magnifiques for Etat Libre d’Orange, a mix of bedroom scents of semen, sweat and milk.

Further on, visit the US perfumer David Seth Moltz’s scent inspired by the Marfa, Texas cult campground, presented in a space littered with objects from the deserts of Marfa, and then the French Catholic inspiration behind Betrand Duchaufour’s Avignon, set in a catholic confessional for an olfactory portrait of the church.

In brief, each of the ten perfumes exhibited here offer a multi-sensory experience of the perfume, evoking visceral reactions and thoughts, a far cry from the flowery perfumes of long ago. Be sure to check out the Laboratory as well, offering a glimpse of how perfume is made by Givaudan perfumers from the famous French perfume school.

Until 17 September 2017

Open Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday 10am- 6pm; Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 11am- 8pm

Tickets: £11

Rebecca Magniant

Where to find it ?

Somerset House

Strand

WC2R 1LA London

020 7845 4600

somersethouse.org.uk

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