Must be seen
The Carmignac Foundation was created on the Porquerolles site in order to exhibit the Carmignac collection and organize cultural and artistic activities including the Prize for Photojournalism.
Located at Porquerolles in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the Foundation which was created in 2000 at the initiative of Édouard Carmignac, has been opened to the public since 2 June 2018. Located in an exceptional national park, visitors will find contemporary works of art from the Carmignac collection, temporary exhibits, a sculpture garden and a cultural programme.
The Carmignac Prize for Photojournalism has the mission of supporting, each year, the production of an investigative photographic and journalistic report about violations of human rights throughout the world.
Located across from la Résidence, only 45 minutes by boat from Lavandou with the « vedettes des Îles d’Or », the Carmignac Foundation.
During your stay, give into the temptation and visit this foundation located on the famous Porquerolles Island.
Located in the heart of a national park and a site which is classified allowing no further extension, the construction of the Carmignac Foundation included the clearing out of 2000m2 of space underground, so that the existing contours of the house and the surrounding landscape would remain untouched.
When arriving on the island, the visitor will discover a Provençal farmhouse, merged with the landscape. Hidden inside is no less than 2000m2 of exhibition rooms. The natural light, filtered by an aquatic ceiling, illuminates the hidden areas below the surface. Outside, there is a 15-hectare garden.
Small anecdote: Invited to the wedding of one of his friend’s daughters, Edouard Carmignac succumbed to the charm of the estate. He immediately dreamed of making it a place dedicated to the arts. This project was begun a few years later.
When you arrive on the island, a five-minute walk awaits you before discovering this new meeting place open to all. Free guided visits are organized every day from 10 am to 6 pm (every half hour). The price is €15/person to visit the Carmignac Foundation.