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Selected for the Biennial of Havana
Subject: Selected for the Biennial of Havana
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Upcoming exhibitions

- Biennial de Havana, Havana, Cu, 22.05 – 22.06
- T
he Importance of Being, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, CU, 13.02 – 26.04

- Belle Haleine - The Scent of Art, Museum Tinguely, Basel, CH, 10.02 - 17.05
- There's Something in the Air, Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot, DE, 22.03 - 28.07
- Aandacht, Aandacht (Attention, Attention), Turnhout, BE, 25.03 – 24.05
- The Smell of War, 100 years WW1, Poperinge, BE, 30.04 – 31.08

Running exhibitions

- Art Eco, CC Strombeek, Strombeek-Grimbergen, BE, 09.01 – 12.02
- Green Light District, Buda Fabriek,Kortrijk, BE, 08.11.2014 – 08.02.2015
- East Wing Biennial, Courtauld Institute of Art, London,UK,· January· 2014 – July 2015
- Panamarenko versus Next Door, Living Tomorrow, Vilvoorde, BE, 30.01 – 30.06



Selected for the Biennial of Havana 2015
22.05.2015 - 22.06.2015


Peter de Cupere has been invited to participate in the ‘la Bienal de La Habana’ with his olfactory art project 'The Smell of a Stranger' from the 22nd May until the 22nd June in 2015. Other artists that represent Belgium are Koen Vanmechelen and Michel Francois. Peter de Cupere is curated by Sara Alonzo Gomez. His new olfactory installation 'The Smell of a Stranger' will be exhibited in La Quinta de Los Molinos in Havana


Sara Alonso Gómez is curator and art critic on contemporary art, with a Degree on Art History and a Master on Latin-American contemporary art both from the University of Havana (Cuba), and a Master on Curating Contemporary Art from Paris-Sorbonne (France). As member of the Cuban Writers and Artists’ Union (UNEAC) and advisor for the Biennial of Havana, she focuses on the contemporary art challenges in its trans-disciplinary nature and process. Having worked at Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (2007-2012) and at Service de Nouveaux Médias at Centre Pompidou in Paris (2013), she works as independent curator today for developing trans-global artistic projects together with institutions, museums and foundations. Her publications can be found in specialized catalogues and magazines. Sara Alonzo Gomez invited Peter de Cupere also to participate in the international travelling exhibition 'The Importance of Being'. Organized by Bruno Devos and Sara Alonzo Gomez (more info in this newsletter)

More info soon.



The Importance of Being
13.02.2015 - 26.04.2015

Smoke Cloud in the exhibition 'The Importance of Being' curated by Sara Alonzo Gomez in Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana, Cuba




The Importance of Being... is an exhibition on contemporary (Belgian) art taking place in several locations in Latin America throughout 2015 and early 2016 and curated by Sara Alonso Gómez. Bruno Devos is project director. Contribution 'Smoke Cloud' by Peter de Cupere will be on display in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes of Havana, Cuba, from the 13th of February to the 26th of April 2015.

The opening of the Cuban exhibition will be followed by a week of events related to it, comprising several conferences during which the artists involved in the exhibition will present their work, as well as round tables and panel discussions, a documentary program and an educational program. Exhibition Facts: February 13th to April 26th 2015

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana, Cuba July 4th to September 12th 2015

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina December 2nd 2015 to February 14th 2016

Museo de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Participating artists

Marcel Broodthaers (Brussels, 1924 - Cologne, 1976) Chantal Akerman (Brussels, 1950)Francis Alÿs (Antwerpen, 1959)Charif Benhelima (Brussel, 1967)Guillaume Bijl (Anwerpen, 1946)Michaël Borremans (Geraardsbergen, 1963)Dirk Braeckman (Eeklo, 1958)Jacques Charlier (Liège, 1939)David Claerbout (Kortrijk, 1969)Leo Copers (Gent, 1947)Patrick Corillon (Knokke, 1959)Cel Crabeels (Brecht, 1958)Berlinde De Bruyckere (Gent, 1964)Jan De Cock (Brussel, 1976)Peter de Cupere (Leuven, 1970)Carl De Keyzer (Kortrijk, 1958)Raoul De Keyser (Deinze, 1930 - Deinze, 2012)Edith Dekyndt (Ieper, 1960)Wim Delvoye (Wervik, 1965)Fred Eerdekens (Heusden-Zolder, 1951)Jan Fabre (Antwerpen, 1958)Michel François (Sint-Truiden, 1956)Kendell Geers (Johannesburg, South Africa, 1968)Johan Grimonprez (Roeselare, 1962)Ann Veronica Janssens (Folkestone, United Kingdom, 1956) Marie-Jo Lafontaine (Antwerpen, 1950)Jacques Lizène (Ougrée-Seraing, 1946)Kris Martin (Kortrijk, 1972)Hans Op de Beeck (Turnhout, 1969)Walter Swennen (Brussel, 1946)Pascale Marthine Tayou (Yaoundé, Cameroon, 1967)Ana Torfs (Mortsel, 1963)Joëlle Tuerlinckx (Brussel, 1958)Philippe Vandenberg (Gent, 1952 - Brussel, 2009)Koen van den Broek (Bree, 1973)Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (Antwerpen, 1951)Koen Vanmechelen (Sint-Truiden, 1965)Lieve Van Stappen (Wilrijk, 1958)Bruno Vekemans (Antwerpen, 1952)Angel Vergara Santiago (Mieres, Spain, 1958)




Belle Haleine – Der Duft der Kunst
11.02.2015 - 17.05.2015


Olfactory Art Manifest and the private collection of Peter de Cupere in the exhibition 'Belle Haleine - Der Duft der Kunst' in Museum Tinguely, Basel, CH curated by Annja Müller-Alsbach



The Olfactory Art Manifest by Peter de Cupere, August 11 2014

On August 11th, 101 years after the manifest of Carlo Carra “La Pittura dei suoni, rumori, odori: Manifesto futurista” [The Painting of Sounds, Noises, Smells: Futurist Manifesto], Peter de Cupere has signed his Olfactory art manifest with his 'Own Smell' which he has developed over the past 2 years through distillation of his bodily smells. After two years of intensively collecting his bodily smells and distilling these, he has only a small bottle ‘Own Smell’ at his disposal. This smell extract was the ink to sign the manifest. More info about this manifest you find on the website www.olfactoryartmanifest.com  


The Manifest of Carlo Carrà, August 11 1913

Peter de Cupere collects since several years works, documents and stuff related to the use of scent in art history. The manifest of Carlo Carrà is one of these. It's a hard to find historical document. Only a few museums in the world have a version of it.



Historical documents about the use of scent in history related to film, theater and events

In Peter de Cupere's historical archive are important rare documents related to the use of scent related to films, theatre and events. In the exhibition you can discover a selection of these documents.




There's Something in the Air - Scent in Art
22.03.2015 - 02.08.2015



'There's something in the air' in Museum Villa Rot, DE, is curated by Caro Verbeek.
Peter de Cupere wil make two new olfactory artwork, 'Evolution of art' and 'Art refreshing your mind' (more info soon). Besides these new works he also shows a copy of his 'Olfactory Art Manifest', the work 'Smoke Room' and his famous olfactory artwork 'The Paintbrush of Gustave Courbet'.

The Paintbrush of Gustave Courbet

The Paintbrush of Gustave Courbet’ is a paintbrush made of pubic hair and as paint the scent of vagina. It's a reference to L'Origine du Monde by Gustave Courbet. For more info about this work click here



Smoke Room

A room made of more than 750.000 cigarette butts!



Olfactory Art Manifest

More info: www.olfactoryartmanifest.com


More photos and info ...



Green Light District
08.11.2014 - 08.02.2015

'Cultural Odor Generator' and 'The Pollinators' in the exhibition 'Green Light District' in the Buda Fabriek, Kortrijk, BE, curated by Christophe De Jaeger



The Pollinators

The Pollinators (Bee masks) displays bees with gas masks that need to make way for computer controlled drones that are taking over their tasks.




Culture Odour Generator

The Culture Odour Generator is a machine that consists of a collection of forty artificial and natural fragrances that characterise the social context. Visitors can select the fragrances they like best. These are mixed with the fragrances selected by previous visitors in a flask.





Artists: Alberto Baraya (CO), Nick Ervinck (BE), Lucas Foglia (US), Brandon Ballengée (US), AnneMarie Maes (BE), David Bowen (US), Luc Deleu (BE), Maya Smrekar (SI), Peter De Cupere (BE), Bart Stolle (BE), Futurefarmers (US), Next Nature (NL), Generation Nano Supermarket (NL), Honoré d’O (BE), Ralphael Kim (UK), Mattia Casalegno (IT), Martin uit den Bogaard (NL), Koen Vanmechelen (BE), Eduardo Kac (US), Heath Bunting (UK), Mass Moving (BE) en Frederik De Wilde (BE). 




09.01.2015 - 12.02.2015

Factory Tree in the exhibition Art Eco in CC Strombeek, BE, curated by Luk Lambrecht



Factory Tree

See Factory Tree in action and Scratch and Sniff the tree to smell the smoke.




ART ECO is project about a particularly sensitive theme many artists perceived before anyone else did, and which they then translated into all sorts of art as an “artistic” derivative of rationales such protest, indignation and (continued) silent faith in the future.
The three - part exhibition focuses on art since the 1960s, and presents an ensemble of historical works of art and new productions.

Artists : Joseph Beuys, Marinus Boezem, John Cage, Leo Copers, Peter De Cupere, Jan Dibbets, Jef Geys, Hans Haacke, Maria Ikonomopoulou, Tetsumi Kudo, Guy Mees, Ana Mendieta, Roger Raveel, Panamarenko, Pascale Marthine Tayou,
Ger van Elk, Reinaart Vanhoe, Lawrence Weiner, Lois Weinberger

More photos and info ...


January 2014 - July 2015


'WAR FLOWER 1' in the East Wing Biennial London

Contemporary art exhibition of the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. The Courtauld is an independent college of the University of London, and one of the world’s leading centres for the study of the history and conservation of art and architecture, and its gallery houses one of Britain’s best-loved collections.

WAR FLOWER 1 smells to gunpowder

More photos and info ... 


The Smell of War
30.04.2015 - 31.08.2015

frontpage1The exhibition 'The Smell Of War' is divided into two parts. The main part is the exhibition with works by international olfactory artists which use smell as medium of the artwork. A second part consists of the use of gas masks as the subject of the artwork.

Peter de Cupere is the curator of this exhibition. He invites international olfactory artists to participate in the show. Soon you can find more info on the website:





Attention! Attention !
25.03.2015 - 24.05.2015

Olfactory Tree in the exhibition AANDACHT ! AANDACHT! (ATTENTION ! ATTENTION !) in the 'Warande', Turnhout, BE, curated by Annelies Nagels



David Claerbout, Peter de Cupere, Bernhard Leitner, Aernoudt Jacobs, Tomas Boiy, Heidi Voet, Elodie Antoine, Ivan Navarro, Derick Melander, Mark Lewis, Jonas Van Steenkiste, Glenn Geerinck, Helmut Stallaerts, Karl Van Welden, Filip Vervaet, Katerina Undo, Leen Voet, Sara Bjarland, Patrick Keulemans, Fred Eerdekens, Stefan Peters, Yang Yongliang, Stijn Cole, Gideon Kiefer.

More photos and info ...



Panamarenko versus Next Door
30.01.2015 – 30.06.2015


living-tommorowLiving Tomorrow, Vilvoorde (BE)

At living tomorrow a platform for future-oriented art is created.
The presentation of the works is not displayed as in a gallery, but is exhibited in a symbiotic integration with an eye on a future way of life.

In Living Tomorrow Peter de Cupere shows his Brewery Flower concept. 5 drawings and 1 model of his Brewery Flowers.


Participating artists are among others Peter De Cupere, Panamarenko, Koen Vanmechelen, Nick Ervinck, Fred Eerdekens,  Ulrike Bolenz and Jean-Luc Moerman.

More photos and info ...

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