Sentience exhibition, listening to the scent of color at Abbaye de Maubuisson

Published by Laurent de Sortiraparis · Published on April 22th, 2024 at 10:53 a.m.
Discover the "Sentience, écouter le parfum de la couleur" exhibition at Abbaye de Maubuisson, a unique event combining contemporary art and historical tradition. From April 10 to September 1, 2024, immerse yourself in a synesthetic journey that engages all your senses, in partnership with the Musée d'archéologie du Val d'Oise and the Musée François Tillequin. An immersive experience that will awaken your perception and enrich your understanding of cultures through perfume and incense.

AtAbbaye de Maubuisson, visitors can enjoy a unique experience with theexhibition Sentience, listening to the scent of color from April 10 to September 1, 2024. This tour invites visitors to a synesthetic exploration in which the senses of smell, sight, hearing, touch and taste come together for an immersive experience. This exhibition is a unique collaboration between the Musée d'archéologie du Val-d'Oise and the Musée François Tillequin, enriching the itinerary with historical pieces and contributions from contemporary artists from such diverse fields as perfumery, ceramics and architecture.

The Sentience concept highlights the interaction between contemporary works and historical elements. By integrating liturgical objects from the Cistercian site of Maubuisson and dialoguing with the art of incense developed in Japan five hundred years ago, the exhibition proposes a cultural bridge between East and West. This experience is designed to question our ability to perceive and feel our environment and our life experiences in a more sensitive and integrated way.

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The works and installations presented encourage visitors to interact and reflect on the notion of "sentient" beings. Among the highlights, Marie Amar 's video Pneuma invites reflection on the connection between nature and well-being, while Daniel Pescio 's installation Sphère du temps explores novel olfactory associations that marry the traditions of Japanese kô-dô and Western fragrances. These artistic explorations are complemented by an enriching cultural program featuring round-table discussions and workshops, enhancing visitors' sensory experience.

It's an opportunity to rediscover our senses, often neglected in our day-to-day lives, which are dominated by sight. The exhibition thus reaffirms the importance of olfaction in our relationship with the world and our understanding of life, offering a veritable plunge into the wealth of perceptions and cultures. Want to drop in?

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Dates and Opening Time
From April 10th, 2024 to September 1st, 2024

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    Open Wednesdays 9:30-11:45 am and 1-6:15 pm, Thursdays to Mondays 1-6:15 pm. Closed Tuesdays. Open on public holidays from 1pm to 6:15pm, except May 1st.

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