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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 volatile 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.

Furthermore she combined her knowledge of graphic art and the senses in the educational workshop "The Sensory Gaze - Looking at Prints with all the Senses", originally developed for the Rijksmuseum.

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
Rijksmuseum Arts & Humanities
Artist Arts & Humanities
Dick Bruna Arts & Humanities
Perfume Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2011 2017

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

Scented Colours: The Role of Olfaction in Futurism and Olfactory (Re-)constructions

Verbeek, C. L., 4 Feb 2017, Sensory Arts and Design. Bloomsbury, p. 107-119 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Carel Willink in the spotlight: a painter's political pen - Rijksmuseum Bulletin

Verbeek, C. L., 2016, In : Bulletin "Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder". 2016, p. xx-xx

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Surreal Aroma’s – (Re)constructing the Volatile Heritage of Marcel Duchamp

Verbeek, C. L., 2016, Belle Haleine – The Scent of Art. Basel: Tinguely Museum, p. 115 124 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Activities 2016 2017

  • 3 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Conference
  • 1 Membership


Verbeek, C. L. (Speaker)
25 Apr 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Art and Culture, History, Antiquity (Organisational unit)

Verbeek, C. L. (Member)
8 Feb 2017

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Aromatic Art (Re-)constructed - In Search of Lost Scents

Verbeek, C. L. (Participant)
23 Feb 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Waar komen geurherinneringen vandaan?

Verbeek, C. L. (Speaker)
31 May 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Zintuiglijke Educatie in het Basisonderwijs

Verbeek, C. L. (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Press / Media

Smell Dating - Love Sweat Love

C.L. Verbeek


1 media contribution

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‘Waar komen geurassociaties vandaan?’

C.L. Verbeek


1 media contribution

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‘Inhaling the past, smelling the future’

C.L. Verbeek


1 media contribution

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Ted: Inhaling the Past, Smelling the Future

C.L. Verbeek


1 media contribution

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