Olfactory Art Exhibition


When: 09/04/2017 – 06/05/2017

Where: Exhibition Hall of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania (3 rd floor), Gedimino ave. 51, Vilnius

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Garden is a space, feeding human senses: plants murmur, water burbles, hearing is refreshed by the birds, plants create a microclimate for the skin, eyes are dazzled by the chords of colours and shades of colours and, as a matter of course, everything is permeated by smells. Garden is not a creation of nature, it is born as a result of spiritual, creative and aesthetical relationship between human beings and the nature.

In 2014-2017 in Vilnius, a group of artists in olfactory art dived into anthropological and creative research: Why did people need and still need gardens? Is it possible to impart the illusion of garden through scents? How important are the smells of gardens and living space for humans? Does smell affect ONLY emotions and memories? On the basis of historical, anthropological and olfactory research material, personal experience and memories, the artists described different scents by using odour descriptors and redesigned them, authoring new creations. Among the exhibits are imaginations of the oldest historical gardens and explications of the scents of artificial, isolated and miniature gardens.


Organizers: Olfactory Art Group Hortus apertus

Partners: Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

Sponsors: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, JSC Kvapų namai (Aromata Mirabilia).

Participants: Laimė Kiškūnė (LT), Gael Peltier (FR), Jurga Katakinaitė – Jakubauskienė (LT), Reda Valentinavičienė (LT), Nomeda Jucevičienė (LT), Vita Mašalienė (LT), Eglė Stankevičiūtė (LT), Veronika Gribauskaitė (LT), Ina Kučinskė (LT), Urtė Milda Širvinskaitė (LT), Ilze Rukšāne (LV), Kazimieras Seibutis (LT) , Karolina Žernytė (LT), Šarūnė Pečiukonytė (LT), Aistė Jančiūtė (LT) , Rimantė Šniaukštaitė (LT), Artūras Lepiochinas (LT), Jaunius Pisaravičius (LT), Vaidotas Bačianskas (LT) .



09/04/2017 (Sunday)

14.00 – 15.00
Opening of Olfactory Art Exhibition Hanging Gardens

Exhibition Hall of the National Library (3rd floor).

15.00 – 16.30
Hanging Gardens and cents in the World History. A Study by Stephanie M. Dalley

A lecture and introduction to the collection of the world ancient scents.
Perfumers: Gael Peltier (France) and Laimė Kiškūnė (Lithuania).
With translation to Lithuanian. Hub of the National Library (3rd floor)

16.30 – 18.00
Architecture of Senses: Healing Garden

Landscape architect Ilze Rukšāne (Latvia).
With translation to Lithuanian. Hub of the National Library (3rd floor)


06/05/2017 (Saturday)

10.00 – 11.30
Historical Trajectories in the Culture of Scents: Imagination and Myths

Lecture, Q&A session. Speaker: Kazimieras Seibutis.
Hub of the National Library (3rd floor)

11.30 – 13.00
In Search of the Identity of Scent Art

Talks with exhibition authors about scent and olfactory art, examples of the projects.
Hub of the National Library (3rd floor)

13.00 – 14:30
Closing of the exhibition with Laboratory of Senses TENSE IN SENSE

The laboratory of the theatre of senses, exploring memories and perception of the present, is a constantly changing experiment, adaptable to unconventional spaces.
The Theatre of Senses: Karolina Žernytė, Šarūnė Pečiukonytė, Aistė Jančiūtė, Rimantė Šniaukštaitė, Artūras Lepiochinas, Jaunius Pisaravičius, Vaidotas Bačianskas.
Lobby by the central entrance (1st floor).