USO – The Perfumed Cloud at Louvre Abu Dhabi

An Art Installation Created by Cartier’s In-house Perfumer Mathilde Laurent

Exhibition Period: From Now to Feb 1st

From now to 1 February 2020, in parallel with the exhibition 10,000 Years of Luxury, Louvre Abu Dhabi presents an olfactory art installation entitled USO – The Perfumed Cloud (USO: Unidentified Scented Object), created by Cartier’s in-house perfumer, Mathilde Laurent, and Transsolar KlimaEngineering.


In line with the museum’s mission to propose innovative experiences, this installation offers a magical sensory journey through a cloud of perfume. Visitors are invited to enter a transparent glass cube resting on water to climb a spiral staircase that leads above a floating cloud.

Previously presented on the forecourt of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2017, USO – The Perfumed Cloud is a unique immersive installation combining immaterial architecture, sensoriality and the prowess of climate technology.


Indeed, the installation—inspired by L’Envol de Cartier, created by Mathilde Laurent in 2016—rests on a delicate balance: the superposition of three layers of air of different temperatures inside a glass cube. The cloud comes clearly into focus in the space between the lower layer of cold air the upper layer of hot air. The perfume released can thus be discovered above the cloud, at the top of the stairway.


“USO – The Perfumed Cloud”
Exhibition 10,000 Years of Luxury, Louvre Abu Dhabi

Dates: From now to February 1, 2020

Open: Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Thursday and Friday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Closed: Mondays

Admission: 63 AED and 31.50 AED for ages 13-22



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