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Armand Scholtès: a gardener of shapes

Nature takes centre stage in the work of Armand Scholtès. This summer, a double exhibition - in both the main International Perfume Museum site in Grasse and at the establishment's gardens in Mouans-Sartoux - has been dedicated to the French artists. 

Armand Scholtès perfects the prototype of his installation called Ephemeral Uninhabitable Architectures for the MIP gardens in Mouans-Sartoux.The 82-year-old (who is originally from Lorraine, but has been a resident of Nice since the 1980s) is described as a 'gardener of forms'. His more than three decades on the Côte d'Azur have naturally influenced his works, which are best summarised as minimal and modern with touches of naïve and primitive art along with Arte Povera. In this unique style, the pieces depict Scholtès' exploration of the region. 

"Without the landscape of the Côte d'Azur, Grasse could not have become the world's perfume capital as it is today," says the museum director and exhibition's curator Olivier Quiquempois. 

For the MIP gardens in Mouans-Sartoux, the artist and the director have condensed a mini version of this inspirational scenery. At Quiquempois' invitation, Scholtès has created a transitional installation of geometric shapes that interact with the location's diverse collection of Mediterranean plants. The museum in old town Grasse features a vibrant range of mutli-medium works alongside its permanent exhibitions that retell the history of perfumery. 

Jardinier des Formes
The exhibition runs until 30th September in two sites: the MIP in Grasse (open every day from 10am to 7pm) and the MIP gardens in Mouans-Sartoux (open every day from 10am to 7pm until the end of August then 5.30pm until the end of September). Admission is €4 to the independent locations, or €6 on a joint pass. Guided tours are available from €2 and audio guides for €1.