Can you bottle mystery, contain nostalgia and extract passion? This is the question that became the inspiration for the Wunderkammer exhibition.
Perfume is passage between physical and spiritual, tangible and intangible, visible and invisible.
Polina Stepanova, artist and curator of this exhibition, joined by Richie Ye as the project coordinator, built the creative collective to reimagine Aquaflor world through the lens of alchemy and contemporary art. Emerging painters, photographers and Polimoda alumni worked on unique pieces created exclusively for this event.
All the works of art presented in WUNDERKAMMER were inspired by the perfumes of the Aquaflor collection, narrating and interpreting them through painting, photography, and installations.
What is alchemy?
A clash, a Union, a dichotomy, a transformation. Calligraphy escaping the paper, vodun nails, memories trapped in the door frames, dog who lost its nose, an unknown unfolding towards you like a scent anchoring to your soul’s deepest corners. An abstract shape bringing vivid associations.
Wunderkammer exhibition features the works of Melissa Baseman, Phoebe Evans, Georgia Forconi, Eva di Franco, Samira Koehler, Magdalena Kohlmaier, Sofia Musolas, Ana Rosemback, Julia Sette, Diana Solis, Kajsa Stenvinkel, Polina Stepanova, Jenna Tatham, Maria Bøe Tesfamichael, Vitalia Vasilieva, Bazzari Yara.
This project couldn't have been the same without our dear collaborators, and dear friends who helped us along the way.
Special thanks to CONCRēTIPO, Arlo Haisek, Artemisia Fioristi, Marco Mariani, Juan Manuel Rodriguez Del Rey, Alessandra Agnoletto.
And our communication and photography team: Julia Dzhobava, Mariia Leontieva, Madelyn Bell.
The Renaissance palace in the heart of Florence keeps the Wunderkammer open every day 10:00 - 19:00.
To visit the exhibition you can come any day without making an appointment.
Borgo Santa Croce, 6, Florence, at Aquaflor boutique.