For the Villa Carmignac’s second year of existence, the Fondation Carmignac has invited Chiara Parisi as a guest curator of The Source. Both the architecture of the Villa and the island itself have provided inspiration for La Source (The Source), the resulting show. Emerging from the woods, visitors are invited to take off their shoes before plunging beneath the surface of the Provençal farmhouse, where they can discover over sixty artworks from the collection, as well as important loans and new productions.
aux Pays des Merveilles (Alice in Wonderland) – a lithograph by Max
Ernst and Édouard Carmignac’s first acquisition – is the starting point
of a wall drawing by Fabrice Hyber, which immerses the viewers upon
entering the exhibition. Their underground journey through a succession
of rooms flooded with sunlight is a metaphor for the regenerative, vital
force of a source.
When visitors stand under the water ceiling’s
light well, the pivotal point of the show, they can contemplate the
cross-shaped disposition of the exhibition spaces freed from cymae , and
gaze over all the artworks from the most meditative to the most
The Carmignac collection is revisited exploring two main
axes: the female body (Egon Schiele, Roy Lichtenstein, Thomas Ruff…) and
abstraction, which can be expressionist at times (Gerhard Richter,
Theaster Gates, Susan Rothenberg…). While viewers can both observe and
feel observed within this unique architecture, the selection of
emblematic artworks from the collection is also juxtaposed with new
paintings, sculptures and installations: their presence seems either
pure (De Wain Valentine’s black totem), radiant (Cyprien Gaillard’s iron
hand), transformative (Forrest Bess’s mutation of matters) or simply
troubling (Elmgreen & Dragset’s ambiguous mirror play).
Maurizio Cattelan, as for him, mischievously condenses his most iconic works into a single new sculpture.
Next to new ephemeral productions by Bertrand Lavier and Koo Jeong-A, further spaces loom outside.
the ground floor, the British artist Sarah Lucas’s sharp humour fills
the house with chimeras for her first solo show in France, which
includes a significant ensemble of over fifteen artworks.
gardens, new works feature alongside a dozen permanent instalments,
including sculptures by Jeppe Hein, Ugo Rondinone, and Ed Ruscha.
year, the program of performances includes the birth of a sound by
Pauline Sikirdji, a vision by Barbara Carlotti, as well as a gesture by
Yoann Bourgeois. Starting in June on full-moon nights, visitors will
also be invited to immerse themselves into the sculpture gardens and the
seascape of the island, guided by the voices of Patti Smith and
Charlotte Gainsbourg through a special production of the collective
Warning : This exhibition contains some works that may offend the sensitivity of visitors, especially young audiences.
Francis Alÿs – El Anatsui – Micol Assaël – John Baldessari – Rosa Barba – Miquel Barceló – Valérie Belin – Forrest Bess – Olaf Breuning – Louis Cane – Rosemarie Castoro – Maurizio Cattelan – George Condo – Gino DeDominicis – Elmgreen & Dragset – Max Ernst – Liam Everett – Cyprien Gaillard – Theaster Gates – Rebecca Horn – R.B. Kitaj – Pierre Klossowski – Koo Jeong A – David Horvitz – Fabrice Hyber – Bertrand Lavier – Roy Lichtenstein – Sarah Lucas – Tony Matelli – Cildo Meireles – Annette Messager – Bruce Nauman – Albert Oehlen – Sigmar Polke – Martial Raysse – Gerhard Richter – Susan Rothenberg – Sterling Ruby – Thomas Ruff – Ed Ruscha – Egon Schiele – Soundwalk Collective – Günther Uecker – De Wain Valentine
Permanent artworks : Miquel Barceló – Jean Denant – Alexandre Farto AKA Vhils – Tom Friedman – Jeppe Hein – Wang Keping – Gonzalo Lebrija – Janaina Mello Landini – Bruce Nauman – Jaume Plensa – Ugo Rondinone – Ed Ruscha – Tom Sachs – Stéphane Tidet – Nils Udo
13 April – 3 November 2019
Fondation Carmignac Porquerolles island Hyères, France