George Barbier "Fragrance and Love"
House of Shiseido
This event has ended.
Fragrances remain in our memory, reminding us of the people we hold dear to us or distance memories, and fragrance also holds in important place in the world of love. Fragrance worn by one's beloved can leave a very strong impression.
This exhibition presents the works of George Barbier, one of the most important illustrators of the 20th century, from the private collection of Shigeru Kashima, a scholar of French literature. The exhibition also includes antique perfume bottles from the Shiseido collection as well as exhibits of Egyptian, French, and Chinese fragrance items connected to historical figures important to the history of fragrances, including Cleopatra and Marie Antoinette.
Exhibition Part I: December 14th (Fri) - February 3rd (Sun)
Exhibition Part II: February 5th (Tue) - March 23rd (Sun)
From 2007-12-14 To 2008-03-23
Eyes content, nose cheated.
My impression of "Romance and Perfume" was that the real star of the exhibition was not so much Barbier but the work of Baccarat and Lalique, with some really gorgeous glasswork on display. On the second floor, around the not-to-be-missed interactive shiseido video setup, the historical artefacts related to perfume and incense wouldn't feel ashamed in a major museum.
Nose freaks, however, won't help feeling disappointed that the whole of the exhibition focuses so much on the eyes, and so little on the nose. Just a sample of shiseido's latest "zen" and some powdery flower scent to titillate the nostrils? Come on...