Cold War Spaces – The Scent of Empire

The Wende Museum continues the online series on Cold War Spaces, this week’ diving into the history of scent. Chanel No. 5 and Red Moscow were the leading perfumes on both sides of the Iron Curtain. It turns out they have a common origin. I will speak with my next guest, German cultural historian Karl Schlögel, whose latest book The Scent of Empire: Chanel No 5 and Red Moscow has been launched this month, about perfume and politics, the lives of two remarkable ladies in the East and the West, and the significance of scent, smell, odor and stench as sources of memory and historical research.

Wednesday, June 2, 12 p.m. PST: Karl Schlögel – Olfactory Spaces: Chanel No. 5 and Red Moscow

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Wednesday, June 9, 12 p.m. PST: Cold War Spaces interview with Donna Stein – Depot Space: Modern Art in Cold War Iran

Wednesday, June 16, 12 p.m. PST: Art-Past-Present interview with Vladislav Shapovalov, co-hosted by Farrah Karapetian

Wednesday, June 30, 12 p.m. PST: Cold War Spaces interview with Karin Bijsterveld – Audio Space: Voice Identification and the Stasi

The June 16 Art-Past-Present conversation will be the tenth and final one in the online series. From then on, Cold War Spaces will be scheduled every two weeks. While the Wende plan to bring on-site programming back to the museum in the fall if circumstances allow, Cold War Spaces will remain our online program.

Joes Segal 

The Actors' Gang

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