The Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) presents a new exhibition about the scents of history. The "Scent and the City" exhibition invites visitors to discover the world of historical scents from the many civilizations that have lived in Anatolia. As well as today's dominant scents such as coffee, mint and colon, more than 50 scents carrying the traces of past periods will be displayed at the RCAC. It presents a journey through the depths of history with more than 50 scents, including saffron, frankincense and amber during the exhibition, which will continue until June 8.
Curated by Koç University's Department of Archaeology and History of Art research and teaching assistant Lauren Nicole Davis, the exhibition's design and graphics are by Cem Kozar and Işıl Ünal from PATTU Architecture. The scents at the exhibition were also prepared by MG Gülçiçek International Fragrance Company. While examining the prominent scents from Anatolia from the ancient period to the present, the exhibition, which presents the scents of ceremonies and traditions from different cultures, also centers on Istanbul's scents since the Byzantine period.
With a special mechanism specifically developed for the exhibition, the beautiful scents used throughout history can be experienced along with the less pleasant ones. Videos describe the sense of smell; what the connection is between scent, the mind and the other senses; explain if enjoying smells is innate and if we learn the difference between good and bad smells after birth.
Videos describe the sense of smell; what the connection is between scent, the mind and the other senses; explain if enjoying smells is innate and if we learn the difference between good and bad smells after birth.
The second section focuses on the scents of the Hittite, Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations as well as the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. In collaboration with Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, Atelier Rebul and Gülsha, the exhibition will explain how the traditional scents from the Ottoman era to the present were and are produced and preserved, and display objects, perfume and cologne bottles chosen from private collections.
The last section of the exhibition will test the knowledge visitors have gained throughout the exhibition at the blind test application area.
The Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) aims to support and conduct research in the fields of art history, architecture, archaeology and history from the Neolithic age to the end of the Ottoman era in what is now Turkey. It improves and supports research projects through scholarships, publications, exhibitions and symposiums.