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27 Apr 2018

Award for the Contribution to Scent Culture announced

Artist Peter de Cupere wins the Contribution to Scent Culture Award
Olfactory Art


The Contribution to Scent Culture Award goes to contemporary artist Peter de Cupere for his lifetime and ongoing achievements in the use of scent as a medium in his art pratice. The award is made public in the annual Art and Olfaction Awards ceremony, on April 21, 2018 at The Tabernacle in London. The Contribution to Scent Culture Award is given to one outstanding person who made significant contributions to global public awareness of independent and experimental practices with scent in art. Each Art and Olfaction Award winner receives The Golden Pear.

Peter de Cupere

Olfactory Art

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For more than 20 years Peter de Cupere has been the most in-depth artist in developing conceptual artworks with the use of scents.

With an oeuvre that consists out of more than 700 works of art related to the olfactory perception of social, cultural and environmental contexts, this award for the 'Contribution to the Scent Culture' in the contemporary art and perfumers world is truly a deserved award.
His works were presented in more than 200 exhibitions over the whole world. He gave lectures from Berlin, London to New York and collaborated with various institutions, museums, universities and companies. He experiments with smells and uses fragrances to question various problems of our society.

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He is a lecturer at the PXL-MAD School of Arts in Hasselt (BE) and is researching into the use of smell as a context and/or concept for the work of art.

He published recently an overview book of 472 pages, that includes more than 500 works of art and 22 scratch & sniff images. More info: or


Awarded to just four perfumes, one experimental scent project and two special awards a year: The Contribution to Scent Culture Award and The Aftel Award for Handmade Perfume

The Art and Olfaction Awards are designed to raise public interest and awareness around new developments in independent perfumery. The Awards, established in 2014 by The Institute for Art and Olfaction, are given to outstanding creators in the categories of independent, artisan, and experimental perfume from across the globe, chosen for works released in 2017.

The second ever Contribution to Scent Culture Award was presented to legendary olfactory art practitioner Peter de Cupere. This year marked the first ever Aftel Award for Handmade Perfume, presented to Pays Dogonby Monsillage.

The winners this year were, in the artisan category, Chienoir by BedeauX and Club Design by The Zoo; in the independent category, Eau de Virginie by Au Pays de la Fleur d'Oranger and Nuit de Bakélite by Naomi Goodsir; and the Sadakichi Award, Under the Horizon by Oswaldo Maciá.

Each Art and Olfaction Award winner received The Golden Pear, which continues to cement its status as a prestigious achievement in the perfume world.

The Art and Olfaction Awards was founded in 2012 as an independent awards mechanism designed to celebrate innovation and excellence in artisan and independent perfume, and experimentation in scent within arts practices. The Art and Olfaction Awards are a program of The Institute for Art and Olfaction, a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Los Angeles, CA.

The Art and Olfaction Awards could not exist without the generous support of our partners at Lucky Scent / Scent Bar, Pochpac, Perfumers Apprentice, Esxence, Barrister and Mann, Aftelier Perfumes, Nez – La Revue Olfactive, Basenotes, ÇaFleureBon, AutumnSeventy, Perfumed Plume Awards.

The Institute for Art and Olfaction is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Los Angeles, CA. The Institute for Art and Olfaction advances public and artistic engagement with scent. We do this by initiating and supporting arts projects that utilize the medium of scent, by providing accessible and affordable education in our experimental laboratory as well as in partnership with institutions and community groups, and by celebrating excellence in independent and artisan perfumery through our yearly award mechanism, The Art and Olfaction Awards. Through these efforts, we extend the world of scent beyond its traditional boundaries of appreciation and use.