Perfume de Princesa

2 Nov 2013- 2 Feb 2014

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The metal installation encircles a bath tub in the Solar da Marquesa

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The Pátio do Colégio, and its surrounding buildings, are something of a hidden gem in terms of the city's top visitor attractions, and yet are ground zero when it comes to São Paulo's history. Two of those buildings, the recently-renovated Casa da Imagem and the Solar da Marquesa de Santos, the latter once home to the Marquise de Santos, sometime-mistress of the first Emperor of Brazil, Dom Pedro I, are getting something of a facelift, and a bonus reason to pay a visit, with the sensory art installation, entitled Perfume de Princesa ('Princess Perfume'), by Brazilian artist Wagner Malta Tavares.

A metal tube, 300 metres long, will weave its way through the two buildings and the Beco do Pinto – a passageway that was once used to connect Sé and the Tamanduateí river – emitting different aromas along its length. Tavares' aim is that each aroma will trigger a memory which, when juxtaposed with the sight of an industrial tube dissecting an historic building, will create a confusing sense of historic distortion for visitors. Besides aromas of roses, jasmine and lavender, there's even a smell of orgy, at the point where the tube encircles a marble bath tub in the Solar da Marquesa de Santos. 'People who know the smell, will recognize it,' says the artist.  

Event details

Casa da Imagem

Address Rua Roberto Simonsen 136-B

Sé, São Paulo

Metrô 1 or 3, Sé

Telephone (11) 3106 5122

Casa da Imagem website

Date 2 Nov 2013- 2 Feb 2014

Open 9am-5pm, Tue-Sun


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