Letztes Jahr in Jerusalem

Duftinstallation, Jüdisches Museum Hohenems

Jerusalem - Mahane Jehuda

Jerusalem – Mahane Jehuda Market

Smellscape / scent installation, 2015
Garden of the Jewish Museum, Hohenems
(In cooperation with the On-Site Art Festival)

With his smellscape Paul Divjak is stepping into an olfactory dialogue with the current exhibition at the Jewish Museum: „A Streetcar Named Desired“, which takes the visitors on a reflective journey through Jerusalem by following the route of tram number 1, crossing and connecting the various „Jerusalems“.
In „L´année dernière à Jersualem“ the artist is describing a stroll through the city of Jerusalem. Subjective memories concerning the sense of smell enfold a assiciative and symbolic bouquet of the Holy city, center of three religions. Such evoking the aura of the very place of different cultures.

Letztes Jahr in Jerusalem (L’année dernière à Jérusalem)

Duftinstallation / Smellscape im Garten des Jüdischen Museums Hohenems
Im Rahmen des Kunstfestivals on site hohenems: bock auf kunst,
Eröffnung: 17.7.2015, 18.00 Uhr

Mit der Duftinstallation tritt der Künstler Paul Divjak in olfaktorischen Dialog mit der aktuellen Ausstellung des Jüdischen Museums, Endstation Sehnsucht. Eine Reise durch Yerushalayim–Jerusalem–Al Quds.

Gerade noch lagen die frischen Etrog-Früchte am Mahane Yehuda Markt in Jerusalem, schon zieht das zarte, zitronige Aroma des Nahen und Mittleren Ostens durch den Garten des Museums. Es mischt sich mit unterschiedlichsten Geruchseindrücken aus verschiedenen Ecken der Stadt, mit von der Sonne erhitztem Stein und Gewürznoten wie Koriander, Kreuzkümmel und Kardamom sowie einem Hauch von Weihrauch, Haschisch und Pinien.

In Letztes Jahr in Jerusalem erzählt der Künstler von einem Spaziergang durch Jerusalem. Was im Rahmen dieser Duftinstallation riechbar wird, sind subjektive Geruchserinnerungen an die Heilige Stadt – die Stadt der drei Weltreligionen; ein ebenso assoziatives wie symbolisches Bouquet, geprägt von der Aura des Ortes und den unterschiedlichen Kulturen.

Jüdisches Museum Hohenems



DIFFUSING MOLECULES #3

Scent Design – Christmas Market Schloß Schönbrunn

Setup: Schönbrunn-Duftinszenierung ©Paul Divjak

“Diffusing Molecules #3″, preparation work

Scent design for the traditional Christmas Market at Schloß Schönbrunn, Vienna – Winter 2013. [Client: MTS Marketing Tourismus Synergie Wien GmbH]

In cooperation with Elke Kies from MagicBox we composed subtile resinous fir tree notes and exclusive orange and herbal blends. And provided the client with three custom-built scent beaming units in order to create extraordinary olfactory experiences for the visitors of the market.
Imagine: a romantic winter night, a slight breeze, and a smelly smell. All organic. – Just a senusal surplus. No manipulation intended.


Diffusing Molecules #1

Eau Majesty @ Neue Galerie, N.Y

Diffusing Molecule #1

The idea was to develop an advanced room diffusing edition of my fragrance EAU MAJESTY (Saint Charles, Vienna) for the Neue Galerie, New York.

During the exhibition FRANZ XAVER MESSERSCHMIDT 1736-1783: FROM NEOCLASSICISM TO EXPRESSIONISM the whole museum was supposed to be smelling like a blossoming Royal Orangerie …


Trust Room

by Jeanette Müller – Muscat, Oman (SoL Global Forum)

Trust Room

©Jeanette Müller

For this project at the intersection of applied sociopolitical utopia and conceptual art I developed an all natural scent diffused in a huge tent, placed in front of the Hilton, Muscat.

The aim was to create an overall feel good-atmosphere, which effects calmness, strength and clarity and helps the international participants to get into a grounded and confident mood before heading to their presentations, conference panels and discussions.

Jeanette Müller / Trust Room


Diffusing Molecules #2

Scent Design for the Museum of Natural History

Scent design for the travelling exhibition KINGDOM OF SALT / DAS WEISSE GOLD DER KELTEN [Clients: Museum of Natural History, Vienna / Museumspartner, Innsbruck]

Focusing on the newest interdisciplinary research, the exhibition shows the town of Hallstatt, located in the Austrian Alps, as a “cradle of Europe’s industrialisation”: a progression of settlement and mining over 7000 years.

Visitors can explore the displays in the shape of huge „salt blocks“, i.e atmospheric rooms, which provide ambient sounds, video projections, multimedia shows, computer animations – and historical on location-smellscapes.

For this show I´m providing –  in cooperation with German scent specialist Elke Kies from MagicBox – the Museum of Natural History (Vienna) with expertise, conceptual development and the exclusive creation of unique olfactory experiences: from the neolithic age up to 350 BC, from „untouched nature“ to the smell of „the global village“.

MARQ – Alicante/Spain [14.06.2013 - 31.01.2014]
WESTFÄLISCHES LANDESMUSEUM – Herne/Germany [23.08.2014 - 25.01.2015]
Staatliches Museum für Archäologie Sachsen [03.07.2015 - 03.01.2016]