New Catalogue for The Art of Scent 1889-2012

The Art of Scent 1889-2012, Chandler Burr, catalogue cover

The The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City has introduced the limited edition catalogue for the The Art of Scent exhibit:

The Art of Scent 1889-2012, Chandler Burr

This first of its kind historical catalogue, for MAD exhibition is a beautiful limited edition coffret box featuring eleven of the works exhibited in the inaugural show of the MAD Department of Olfactory Art. Each of the eleven scents are contained in printed glass vials and accompanied by a soft cover book of eleven essays which places each of the eleven works in historical context. The catalogue is written by exhibition curator Chandler Burr.

The catalog is $250, and 1000 were made. The eleven works, each in a 5 ml vial, are: 01 Romanticism Jicky 1889 Aimé Guerlain; 02 Abstract Expressionism L'Interdit, 1957 Francis Fabron; 03 Early American School Aromatics Elixir 1971 Bernard Chant; 04 Industrialism Drakkar Noir 1982 Pierre Wargnye; 05 Surrealism Angel 1992 Olivier Cresp; 06 Minimalism L'Eau d'Issey 1992 Jacques Cavallier; 07 Photo Realism Pleasures 1995 Annie Buzantian, Alberto Morillas; 08 Kinetic Sculpture Light Blue 2001 Olivier Cresp; 09 Neo-Romanticism Prada Amber 2004 Carlos Benaïm, Max Gavarry, Clément Gavarry; 10 Luminism Osmanthe Yunnan 2006 Jean-Claude Ellena; 11 Post-Brutalism Untitled 2010 Daniela Andrier.

You can pre-order now for delivery in December.

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  1. 50_Roses says:

    In order for me to be tempted to spend $250 for a book and a few perfume decants, they would have to be far more enticing than the mostly recent and mainstream ‘fumes listed here. Really–nothing from the time between 1889 and 1957?

    • Robin says:

      It would not be a cost-effective way to get the decants anyway — I think you’d have to be interested in the other aspects of the catalogue.

  2. Emily says:

    I wish there were an option to buy the catalogue without the decants, for those of us who already know what the ‘fumes smell like (and already have bottles or samples of most of them).

    • Robin says:

      Agree…would be nice to just get the booklet.

  3. hajusuuri says:

    In early fall, I sent an email to MAD asking for more information and also whether or not they were accepting pre-orders. I never heard from them. I would have ordered for the novelty of having this but they lost a would be customer from their inertia.

  4. judes525 says:

    Loved your review of the Art of Scent exhibit. I learned more from your post than I did from the opening night. Do you by any chance know if there’s a way to purchase Tresor Mod 2? That was my favorite out of all the mods. It’s killing me to know that that blend of scents exists, but isn’t on the market as far as I know.

    • Robin says:

      No, there’s no way to buy the mods so far as I know.

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