Delve inside the fifth edition of Museum, in which every page relates to the nose.
Museum’s latest issue is all about noses, but it’s also about smell. It’s rather impossible to talk about one without addressing the other; the two are inextricably linked.
Inside the sturdy 212-page edition, you’ll find a story on noses in the Art Gallery of NSW. More specifically, you’ll see 42 close ups of exhibited works from the 15th to 19th centuries, each cropped so tightly that all you can distinguish is a pair of oil-on-canvas nostrils and a long nose bridge.
There’s an interview with David Haines, an Australian artist with a PhD in aroma composition, who works frequently with partner Joyce Hinterding to examine unseen energies. One of their most ambitious installations, EarthStar, presented the elemental and mythic qualities of the sun, making use of a Hydrogen Alpha Telescope to capture H-Alpha light, and generating two virtual aroma compositions. Of the latter, Haines says, “The scent I created was like a drawing of ozone.”
There’s a broader look at olfactory art making, penned by Scottish-born curator, artist and academic Peter Hill. He moves from Adeline Kueh to Wim Delvoye and Mike Parr, surveying the means by which “bad smells can become good, and exquisite smells turn horribly unpleasant.”
Also in the noses issue: a six-page conversation wih Sissel Tolaas, whose personal archive contains some 7000 smells and 2500 molecules, a history of smellovision by Wendy Syfret, portraits of detection—or sniffer—police dogs by Charlie Dennington, an essay on rhinoplasty and eugenics by Miami writer Monica Uszerowicz and an interview with Christian Poincheval, the French inventor and sculptor who has generated pills to alter the scent of one’s flatulence. Even the spine nods to the human whiffer, with a line from Nikolai Gogol’s satirical short story The Nose.
There are three covers, all available worldwide. One features Hannah Bennett, shot by Romain Duquesne and styled by Anna Santangelo. She’s wearing BALLY menswear and a pair of deep beige tights, and her nose is dainty and pixie-like. There are two more, both shot in Paris by Kira Bunse and styled by Alex Robertson-Dunlop, featuring much-hyped models Sol Goss and Jack Chambers, wearing Dries Van Noten and Raf Simons, and Dior Homme with Raf Simons respectively.
Order the NOSES edition from the Museum store.