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
diagnostic Social Sciences
Display devices Engineering & Materials Science
Industrial plants Engineering & Materials Science
Perfume Arts & Humanities
Art Arts & Humanities
Rijksmuseum Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2011 2019

Cleopatra's Perfume Recovered? An in depth interview with Dora Goldsmith

Verbeek, C., 29 Aug 2019

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

In-depth Interviews

Inhaling Knowledge: The Nose as an Educational Tool

Verbeek, C. L., 25 Apr 2019, In : Interplay under Construction. 1, 1, p. 11 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademic


2000 kunstwerken op pocketformaat

Verbeek, C. L., 14 May 2018, In : ADSN. 50Y annual, p. 40-41 2 p.

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

Activities 2010 2019

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

Odorama - Mapping Scent

Caro Verbeek (Speaker)
27 Sep 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

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

Caro Verbeek (Speaker)
5 Mar 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Urban Scentscapes: Reconstructing the Ephemeral History of Amsterdam

Caro Verbeek (Speaker)
10 Jul 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Art & Olfaction Awards

Caro Verbeek (Recipient), 10 Apr 2015



Public Appreciation Award (2nd)

Caro Verbeek (Recipient), Bernardo Fleming (Recipient) & Amber van der Chijs (Recipient), 4 Nov 2012


Story-lines at the Van Abbemuseum: Inhaling Art

Caro Verbeek (Recipient), 1 Sep 2014


Van Abbemuseum

Press / Media

Een neus vol herfst

Caro Verbeek


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Kunsthistorische geuren (art historical scents)

Caro Verbeek


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

History of Smells

Caro Verbeek


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The Multi Sensory Museum

Caro Verbeek


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

De geur van gevaar

Caro Verbeek


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment