The stench of war lingers in Dresden's Museum of Military History thanks to Sissel Tolaas

Visitors to the museum can sample the smell of World War I

You never forget the smell of a battlefield, old soldiers say. Visitors to the radically redesigned Dresden Museum of Military History can experience something of the stench of the first world war. Sissel Tolaas, a Berlin-based Norwegian artist, has created a mix of decaying flesh, sweat, dirt and gunpowder that can be sampled at the push of a button. “People should be a little shocked by what they smell,” she says. The museum reopened in October after its €62m dramatic revamp by architect Daniel Libeskind.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'The stench of war lingers in Dresden'

Appeared in The Art Newspaper Archive, 230 December 2011