A day trip on Porquerolles Island visiting Fondation Carmignac

I tend to travel to the south of France several times a year to visit my family, it is obviously a way for me to get some sun outside of Luxembourg but also to visit the region and the nice museums it has to offer. 

I had the chance to discover last summer the Fondation Carmiginac and I can only advise you to visit this amazing place if you are planning on going close to Marseille or Toulon this summer. You will have an incredible day on this island splitting your day between art and beach time…

The foundation is opened from April to late October and proposes one exhibition per season to present the artwork of the collection belonging to the Carmignac family.

This year the exhibition will present the pictures taken by journalists around the world over the last ten years. The foundation organizes a prize yearly to reward a journalist and allow him to realize an investigation report financially supported by Carmignac. Due to the current situation, the foundation will only open at the beginning of July.

 Each acquisition is driven by an appetite for novelty, by the pleasure of immersing oneself in a singular world, by the desire to be drawn into the youthfulness of a fresh outlook.


I went last summer for the second exhibition called La Source curated by Chiara Parisi who is now the head of the Centre Pompidou in Metz. 

The building is just stunning and it is nice to take the time to walk around the gardens where other artworks are displayed. I am fascinated by the place and the volumes. Some artworks have been commissioned especially to be presented in this amazing and unique place.

I loved the fountain roof which reflects water on the floors of the exhibition rooms. 

My favourite pieces were:

Blema – by the ghanaian artist El Anatsui who uses bottle capsules to create a shroud to denounce the slavery abolition. You can check out the great post made by @la.minute.culture on this piece.

Not yet titled – by Miquel Barcelo commissioned for the foundation (see image above)

One hundred fish fountain by Bruce Nauman (see image above)

El Anatsui

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