Fondation Carmignac presents the Source

Following Sea of Desire inspired by a billboard-size canvas by Ed Ruscha installed on the former nearby tennis court, La Source is Fondation Carmignac’s second exhibition. It runs until 3rd November 2019.

Curated by Chiara Parisi, the show features the works of a wide range of artists including Annette Messager, Bruce Nauman, Albert Oehlen, Sigmar Polke, Martial Raysse, Maurizio Cattelan, George Condo.

Fondation Carmignac, nestled in a pine-tree forest is located on the dreamy island of Porquerolles, a 15-minute boat ride from Hyères, South of France. It’s a must-see for its incredible architecture and significant programme of exhibitions and events.

Two main themes dominate this remarkable exhibition: the female body through works by Thomas Ruff and an entire floor dedicated to Sarah Lucas for example and general themes of abstraction including Theaster Gates and Susan Rothenberg.

The stunning Provençal-style architecture of the villa responds to large-scale installations, paintings, sculptures and other artefacts from the Carmignac collection. Feelings of zen, purity and ambiguity come to the viewer’s mind when exploring this rich exhibition.

The exhibition continues outside. Permanent works in the collections and displayed in throughout the property include names such as Miquel Barceló, Bruce Nauman, Nils-Udo, Jaume Plensa – Ugo Rondinone, Ed Ruscha, and Vhils.



One Hundred Fish Fountain, 2005, by Bruce Nauman, 97 bronze fish of seven different forms, suspended with stainless steel wire from a metal grid.

Gruner Strich (Green Stroke), 1982, by Gerhard Richter.

Mother Nature, 2018, by Olaf Breuning. Photography: Marc Domage.