Villa Carmignac – Exhibition 2021 – La Mer Imaginaire

Exhibition, Guided tour

10h Piste de la Courtade - Porquerolles, 83400 Hyères

For its fourth exhibition, La fondation Carmignac, let Chris Sharp, an american auctioneer based in Mexico design the next exhibition of the Villa's on Porquerolles Island

For its fourth season, the Villa Carmignac presents La Mer imaginaire, which transforms the exhibition spaces into an underwater natural history museum that questions the interactions between our civilisation and the subaquatic world.
Conceived by the Mexico City-based American curator Chris Sharp, this
exhibition was inspired as much by the architecture of the place – the spaces
immersed under the villa’s ceiling filled with water – as iconic works from
its collection: Bruce Nauman’s fountain with a hundred bronze fish, Miquel
Barceló’s subaqueous fresco and Jeff Koons’s sculpture of a lobster perched on achair, among others.
Several loans of works by French and international artists such as Henri Matisse,
Gilles Aillaud, Mathieu Mercier or Gabriel Orozco, complete the ensemble along
with new productions by Lin May Saeed, Kate Newby and Hubert Duprat, which
were created for this occasion.
Thanks to a partnership with the Port-Cros National Park, the exhibition
continues this year in the Fort Saint-Agathe and Villa Noailles with a series of
photographs commissioned to Nicolas Floc’h. It explores the seabed between
Porquerolles and its neighbouring islands.
With its ensemble of modern and contemporary works, The Imaginary Sea
intends to celebrate the sea as a precious and evocative resource, swarming with
known and unknown lives, opened to wondrous, strange and unexpected things,
and whose immensity has always fed our imagination.


  • Esprit parc national
  • Contemporary art
  • Modern/contemporary art
  • Visual/graphic arts
  • Interior design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Video
  • Various arts

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French


Full price: 15 €, Reduced price: 5 to 10 €.

Free entry for children < 12 years.

Means of payment

  • Online payment

Event date

Du 20 May au 17 Oct 2021Mardi de 10h00 à 18h00
Mercredi de 10h00 à 18h00
Jeudi de 10h00 à 18h00
Vendredi de 10h00 à 18h00
Samedi de 10h00 à 18h00
Dimanche de 10h00 à 18h00