Landscapce with flowers: Visualisation of the habitat of the extinct plant

Resurrecting The Sublime

Art meets Biology
The smell of extinction: This installation brings the scent of a long-extinct plant to life ...
until 31.05.2023today: closed  

Naturkundemuseum Bayern

Could we ever again smell flowers driven to extinction by humans? The installation "Resurrecting the Sublime" invites us on a journey into the past: it brings to life the smell of a plant whose last traces disappeared over a century ago due to human activity.

This sensory revival of the long-extinct plant allows to experience the immense beauty of nature, but also challenges the visitors to reflect on our human actions – now and in the future.

In a scent cabin, sitting on granite stones, visitors of the BIOTOPIA Lab can experience the outflowing scent of a plant originally native in Africa. Images give an impression of the plant's former habitat.

The installation is the result of a unique collaboration between the artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, the olfactory provocateur Sissel Tolaas and the biologist Christina Agapakis.



You can enter the BIOTOPIA Lab via the main entrance of the Botanical Garden.

Menzinger Str. 65
80638 München

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  • Zeitraum:

    13.01. – 31.05.2023

  • opening hours:

    Friday: 13:00 - 17:00
    Saturday until Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

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    Extended or different opening hours may apply on public holidays and during school holidays. Current information at

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Landscapce with flowers: Visualisation of the habitat of the extinct plant
Visualisation of the habitat of the extinct plant © Resurrectig The Sulime, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
Granite rock and Scent Box: Installation in the BIOTOPIA Lab
Granite rock and Scent Box: Installation in the BIOTOPIA Lab © Resurrectig The Sulime, BIOTOPIA Lab
BIOTOPIA Lab © Naturkundemuseum Bayern/Andreas Heddergott


Naturkundemuseum Bayern

Explore Life! The Naturkundemuseum Bayern is being built in Munich-Nymphenburg as a 21st century life sciences museum and future forum for science communication. It will expand and reinvent the existing Museum Mensch und Natur. The BIOTOPIA Lab in the Botanical Garden, various festivals and events already give a first impression of BIOTOPIAs vision!

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