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Odor
Immaterial Sculptures

18.11.2022 – 26.2.2023

Odor has an immediate effect on us. Smells awaken emotions, moods and memories. They overlay our other senses and have a greater impact on our perception than we realise. Scents at once create intimacy and distance. They inscribe themselves in our memories and consolidate our experiences. Yet their existence in space remains invisible and the act of smelling is a fleeting one.

The Odor, Immaterial Sculptures exhibition at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen is dedicated entirely to the power of smells. It brings together works that place odor as an experience of smell and space at the centre of experiencing art. On display are intangible sculptures, including existing works and numerous new creations developed for this special exhibition, which confront visitors with the capabilities of our sense of smell. Building on this direct experience, the artists open up personal, local and global perspectives which reference historical and current events. The individual works address, among other things, the interplay between time and space, the individual and the community, consciousness and the subconscious, visibility and invisibility, the everyday and the miraculous, self-perception and the perception of others, presence and absence, life and death.

Minimalist artistic interventions in the exhibition space allow rooms to breathe, smell and perspire. The rooms appear empty and filled at the same time. The works on display share the same air, become concentrated and dissipate. The exhibition eschews visual experiences in favour of an immersive event that can only be perceived in the here and now of visiting the gallery. At the same time, it explores the question of the interrelationship of the senses as an integral part of the artistic experience.

With contributions by Jason Dodge, Carsten Höller, Koo Jeong A, Oswaldo Maciá, Teresa Margolles, Pamela Rosenkranz, Sissel Tolaas, Clara Ursitti, Luca Vitone.

Curated by Thomas Thiel
Assistant curator Lea März

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive program of events and mediation consisting of talks, readings, guided tours, workshops and an international symposium. The Odor Lab enables visitors to delve even deeper into the world of smell, scent and art. An exhibition brochure with an introduction and texts on the individual works will also be published. A publication with further essays and a documentation of the project is in preparation.

Odor, Immaterial Sculptures is being created in collaboration with the Tyrolean Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum and will be shown in Innsbruck in 2023 under different spatial conditions.

Supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (The Federal Cultural Foundation) and the Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia)

Press conference
THU. 17.11. 12 am
With artists of the exhibition and the curators Lea März and Thomas Thiel

Events at the opening weekend

FRI. 18.11. 7 pm
Odor
Immaterial Sculptures
Speeches by Hans-Heinrich Grosse-Brockhoff, Supervisory Board of MGKSiegen and Thomas Thiel, Director, MGKSiegen.
Closing with drinks, snacks and DJ set by Altuu
Admission free

Lecture
SAT. 19.11. 2 pm
Odor
Immaterial Sculptures
Talk about the work with the artists present
In German and English language
Ticket included in admission price

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Jason Dodge, The living (Without an audience, several animals were brought into a room for some time and then returned to where they live), Installation view MGKSiegen, Odor, 2022, Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Jason Dodge, The living (Without an audience, several animals were brought into a room for some time and then returned to where they live), Courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Luca Vitone, A tale of forked tongues, 2018–2022, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin/Köln/München,
Galerie Michel Rein, Paris/Brüssel and Galleria Rolando Anselmi, Rom/Berlin, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Pamela Rosenkranz, House of Meme (Smell of Fire), 2021, Installation view, MGKSiegen, 2022, Courtesy the artist and Karma International, Zürich, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York and Sprüth Magers, Berlin/London/Los Angeles, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Clara Ursitti, Territory Denial, 2022, Installation view MGKSiegen, Odor, 2022, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Oswaldo Maciá, Composition in Three Notes/Reflections on Unconsciousness, 2022, Installation view MGKSiegen, Odor, 2022, Courtesy the artist and Elisa Aragón (Nelixia), Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Koo Jeong A, Pullover’ Wardrobe, 1995, Installation view MGKSiegen, Odor, 2022, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Teresa Margolles, Periferia de la agonía (Periphery of agony), 2003, Installation view MGKSiegen, Odor, 2022, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich/Paris, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

 

Teresa Margolles, Periferia de la agonía (Periphery of agony), 2003, Installation view MGKSiegen, Odor, 2022, Courtesy the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich/Paris, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Odor, Immaterial Sculptures, Design: tim+tim, Berlin

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