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An exposition dedicated to the skin as an expression of cultural identity at Grasse

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11 March 2015

The International Museum of Perfume presents from 13 June to 30 September 2015 an exhibition dedicated to the skin as an expression of cultural identities. The expression of the personality is built in a thousand ways: the perfume is involved, but also the skin and ornamentation, essential interface between one individual to another. The skin covers the body, it is the protective covering and a border, a canvas to animate. It can be covered with make-up, ornated, pierced, tattooed, scarified. The alterations to the skin and body are always a meaning in the communication to the other. The meaning of these changes depends on the cultural context; it may be based on aesthetic, political, social or religious.

Through this exhibition, the International Perfume Museum presents various approaches to transformations of the body, different types of "makeup" of Occidentà Oceania, through Asia, Africa and South America. From temporary facial makeup and body transformations to perennial tattooing, piercing, scarification and other body transformations, the range of possibilities is very wide. With globalization and the development of trade between populations, intercultural influences amplify leading to real trends. Rooted in our societies, contemporary artists also seized the body and thus questioning its limits. This exhibition is an opportunity for the International Museum of Perfumery to present to the public for the first time its rich collection of objects from Yemen attesting practices related to makeup and cosmetics. This exceptional gift acquired in 2009 was attended by Dr. Hanne Schönig in the 1990s as part of his research on beauty tricks that Yemeni women in areas of Sanaa, Taiz, Tihama and Wadi Hadramout.

Will also be on the Western makeup related collections that are exhibited in the museum punctually posters of great illustrators of the 20th century as Georges Lepape or René Gruau; promotional items; color charts; powder boxes and compacts; powder puffs and fly boxes; lipsticks ... These collections will be enhanced by institutional and private loans to complete this sociological and artistic approach. After the exhibition "MAKE UP THE LIFE OF SHADOWS", Spring 2014, the Museum der Kulturen Basel (Switzerland) joins the International Perfume Museum for outstanding loan from non-European objects evoking body painting from Amazon, the Indian Tilak, the art of tattooing in Polynesia, Indonesia, Asia, the piercing around the world, scarification in Africa, teeth blackening in Japan ...

Interactive museum features present the collections and serve to broaden the discourse to the five senses like videos, films, interactive terminals, olfactory and tactile dots. The exhibition offers to visually handicaped people a visit that best suits with specially designed equipment. Tactile and olfactory route for young audiences, punctuates the space of the exhibition. Complementary cultural and educational activities of the public service, rich event programming (shows, conferences, workshops) allows to highlight the cultural practices related to makeup.

The museum shop

Memories Museum, art books and Perfumes, personalized gift ideas, the shop offers to extend your visit.

Tel. +33 (0) 4 97 05 58 10 + 33 (0) 4 97 05 58 10 (Museum opening hours).

The Access

The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. Audio guide available on request: € 1

Opening (summer): 10:00 to 19:00.


• Full price entrance with access temporary exhibition: € 6 (half price € 3).

• Joint ticket (MIP, MIP Gardens) during exhibition: € 7 (half price: 3.50 €).

• Free (upon presentation of proof): under 18, unemployed, disabled, school groups guided accompagnés.Visites (1:30)

• Saturday and Sunday at 15:00 (June and September).

• Every day at 14:00. Additional visit on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 16:00 (July 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015).

• Price: € 2 (+ entrance fee).

• Free guided tour of the exhibition for visually impaired persons: reservation required or +33 (0) 4 97 05 58 14 / +33 (0) 4 97 05 58 14

The workshops Kids & Families:

When child, or parent rhymes with fun ... our cultural mediators invite you to introduce you to the arts, science and technology ...

During the summer holidays, new workshops will be conducted with students from Grasse Institute Perfume (GIP) after a visit to the exhibition of the exhibition.

Family-workshop Monday 14.30-16.30

Child-workshop on Thursday 14h30-16h

Friday's child-workshop 10h30-12h

Information and registration:

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