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Kienholz probably peed to get the Beanery to smell just right @Stedelijk

When one of the most popular pieces of contemporary art in their collection is restored for the first time, the conservation department of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, was faced with a smelly challenge. How to recreate the smell of the famous and popular piece ‘The Beanery’ by Edward Kienholz.

The Beanery – Edward Kienholz: Traces of time restauration of an icoon from Stedelijk Museum on Vimeo.

Edward Kienholz provided the museum with an inspirational ‘smell’ jar, in which he probably used his own pee to get the correct smell for his artpiece, a mixture of grease, pee and cigarette smoke. But how to recreate this, well the Stedelijk uses ammonia these days.

Images by Sophia Zürcher, via Kunstbeeld

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