Olfactory Art Keller – New York, New York - Atlas Obscura

Olfactory Art Keller

The only gallery in New York dedicated to olfactory art and the exploration of scent in art.  


Olfactory Art Keller is completely unique, a space entirely dedicated to scent. Each show focuses on smell in some way. It is a pretty compact gallery that sits between dumpling houses and fish markets in Chinatown. 

You can usually find the gallery’s owner Andreas Keller in the back surrounded by grass and his odor library, mixing something fascinating. Andreas is an academic who investigates different aspects of olfactory perception and has taught smell to philosophy. Dedicated to exploring smells himself, he works to provide a space to encourage artists to create olfactory art and collectors to collect it. From olfactory objects, experiences, and performances to works of multi-sensory art, each exhibit is entirely unique. The gallery itself is permanent with changing exhibits each month, so be sure to check their website for the latest openings, talks, and shows.

Coming here, you never really know what to expect. One show featured a forest projected on the front window. Near the door, a mysterious box emitting a fog that smelled like musky earth and fresh air. Inside, the gallery was filled with smelly sculptures made out of real mushrooms. Deeper into the gallery, another piece featured stations scented with the smells of conflict areas. 

Bring your nose and curiosity and prepare to explore the odors of this wonderland. 

Know Before You Go

The gallery is open Thursday - Saturday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., but you can also contact them for private viewings outside of those times. 

The gallery is all on the first floor, but the entrance is a narrow doorway that might be challenging for some wheelchair users. 

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