France, 1969. Having worked as a florist since 1987, Boutemy emerged onto the international scene through his work in Marie Antoinette, a film directed by Sofia Coppola in 2006. Currently based in Brussels, he is now a key figure in the world of fashion, film, art, weddings and high-end events. His more artistic side, which we shall see at FLORA, strays radically from trends in fashion and sophistication: in the manner of a naturalist, this French artist arranges the flowers and plants he works with just as he finds them in their natural habitat, wild and indomitable.
The mythical fashion shows of Lanvin, the façades of Pierre Marcolini’s Belgian chocolate shop, and public and private events for Inditex also bear his distinctive hallmark, which draws from memories of his childhood in northern France. Throughout his work, he endeavours to find the spontaneity that resides in nature and to shun rigidity, but we must not be fooled into thinking this has anything to do with chance: it is only through his mastery of the technique that he can create such free and exciting installations.