Caro Verbeek

MA History of Art, MA Curatorial Studies

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Caro Verbeek is an embedded researcher of olfactory heritage at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum and International Flavours & Fragrances. Trained as an art historian she specialises in sensory art and education in museums, art academies and universities. She has 10+ years of experience curating exhibitions and conserving collections (prints, drawings and scents).

Verbeek creates olfactory tours and interventions for museums (Rijksmuseum, Van Abbemuseum, Bijbels Museum, Amsterdam Museum) and is determined to alter the way we think about and document ephemeral history and to create a language and sensory skills to do so.

Her PhD project "In Search of Lost Scents - Reconstructing the Aromatic Heritage of the Avant-garde' was widely discussed in (international) media during the exhibition "Aromatic Art (Re-)constructed" dd. 23.02.2017 - 23.05.2017 where people were able to smell the Battle of Waterloo, an 18th century canal house, medieval prayer nuts (all created by IFF), and Futurist and Surrealist olfactory works of art.


She also teaches the course 'The Other Senses'at the Royal Academy of Arts The Hague and is the curator in chief of the olfactory culture program 'Odorama' at Mediamatic Amsterdam.

Finally she is an advisor for immaterial heritage projects at Mondriaan Fonds.

Education/Academic qualification

Curatorial Studies, Master, Universiteit van Amsterdam

History of Art, Master, Universiteit van Amsterdam


2016 → …


  • N Fine Arts
  • olfaction, senses, scent, tactilism, synaesthesia, reconstruction, heritage, sensory history

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Fragrances Engineering & Materials Science
Museums Engineering & Materials Science
Display devices Engineering & Materials Science
Industrial plants Engineering & Materials Science
Art Arts & Humanities
Rijksmuseum Arts & Humanities
Artist Arts & Humanities
Dick Bruna Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2011 2018

2000 kunstwerken op pocketformaat

Verbeek, C. L., 14 May 2018, In : ADSN.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticlePopular

Dancing Scent and Aromatizing Movement

Verbeek, C. L., 31 Jan 2018

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsiteProfessional

Open Access

Inhaling Futurism: On the Use of Olfaction in Futurism and Olfactory (Re)constructions

Verbeek, C. L., 1 Jul 2017, (In preparation) Designing with Smell: Practices, Techniques and Challenges. Routlegde

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

Presenting volatile heritage: Two case studies on olfactory reconstructions in the museum

Verbeek, C. L., 1 Apr 2017, In : Future Anterior. 13, 2, p. 33-42 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Display devices
Industrial plants

Activities 2010 2019

Aromatisch Aanliggen

Caro Verbeek (Speaker)
31 Mar 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Creating a Scentscape for the Multi Sensory Museum

Caro Verbeek (Participant)
1 Mar 20191 Jun 2019

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Milk - Scent of Woman

Caro Verbeek (Speaker)
4 Apr 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Enhancing the Museum Experience through Scent

Caro Verbeek (Speaker)
28 Feb 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

In Search of Lost Scents - the Role of Scent in History of Art

Caro Verbeek (Speaker)
5 Mar 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Art & Olfaction Awards

C.L. Verbeek (Recipient), 10 Apr 2015



Public Appreciation Award (2nd)

C.L. Verbeek (Recipient), Bernardo Fleming (Recipient) & Amber van der Chijs (Recipient), 4 Nov 2012


Story-lines at the Van Abbemuseum: Inhaling Art

C.L. Verbeek (Recipient), 1 Sep 2014


Van Abbemuseum

Press / Media

History of Smells

C.L. Verbeek


1 media contribution

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The Multi Sensory Museum

C.L. Verbeek


1 media contribution

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De geur van gevaar

C.L. Verbeek


1 media contribution

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Geur als kunst: 'Geuren brengen je meteen terug naar het verleden'

C.L. Verbeek


1 media contribution

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Herinneringen maken met geur

C.L. Verbeek


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