Sep 17, 2022, 2PM–3PM

Curator-Led Tour: Sissel Tolaas: RE_________

Image courtesy of Astrup Fearnley Museet.

Join artist and smell researcher Sissel Tolaas and Zoë Ryan, ICA’s Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director for an in-depth look into the evolution of the exhibition RE_________. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the overarching themes in key works and broader contexts of the exhibition and to hear more about Tolaas’s highly intuitive artistic practice and the curatorial process.

For Tolaas (born 1963 in Norway; lives in Berlin), smell is a vital yet often overlooked tool for communication. For this exhibition, she invites you to follow your nose and explore work that she has been developing for more than three decades. Devoting her research-based artistic practice to the olfactory rather than the visual or the auditory, Tolaas’s works in the exhibition, many made especially for ICA, appeal to a different type of sensory experience and raise questions large and small in the process: What is change? What is hidden beneath the building’s surface? How do scared people smell? How do we capture a single breath?


To register for this event, click here.

ASL interpretation will be provided for this program. Please keep in mind that registration does not guarantee admission.

Please contact Brittany Clottey, ICA Public Engagement Project Manager and Administrative Coordinator, at with any questions.
This exhibition is organized by Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo and curated by Solveig Øvstebø, Executive Director and Chief Curator. The presentation in Philadelphia has been specially configured for the ICA, and is organized with Zoë Ryan, Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director.


Support for Sissel Tolaas: RE_________ has been provided by The Inchworm Fund, the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York, and International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc. Additional support has been provided by Nancy & Leonard Amoroso, Cecile & Christopher D’Amelio, Carol & John Finley, Norma & Lawrence Reichlin, Meredith & Bryan Verona, and Caroline & Daniel Werther.


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