Sissel Tolaas
KWOPE_2021, 2021



Sissel Tolaas
, 2021
Dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist


Sissel Tolaas is an artist and a pioneer scholar of the science of smells. Since the 1990’s, she has devoted her practice to the exploration of the different facets, systems, and altitudes of smell, and has contributed immensely to the knowledge and cartography of smells and their importance in different sciences, fields of art/design, and other disciplines through her research. Tolaas’ work has been featured in multiple solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. From very early on, Tolaas’ practice has been entwined within the history of KW Institute for Contemporary Art, exhibiting along with fellow colleagues in 1993 and again within the context of the third edition of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art in 2004.


On the occasion of KW’s 30th anniversary, Tolaas developed an edition of soaps carefully created from recorded and replicated smell molecules she has collected from the building of KW in Auguststraße 69, a former margarine factory. 


Sissel Tolaas, Studies for KWOPE_2021, Courtesy the artist