Villa Carmignac – Exhibition 2021 – La Mer Imaginaire


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

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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.

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French


  • Cultural


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


  • Exhibition
  • Guided tour

Group reception

maximum 50 person(s) per group



Animals are not accepted.


  • Full price : €15 (Du 17/04/2021 au 17/10/2021)
  • Reduced price : From €5 to €10 (Du 17/04/2021 au 17/10/2021)

Payment methods

  • Online payment


Du 20/05/2021 au 17/10/2021
  • Le MARDI de 10:00:00 à 18:00:00
  • Le MERCREDI de 10:00:00 à 18:00:00
  • Le JEUDI de 10:00:00 à 18:00:00
  • Le VENDREDI de 10:00:00 à 18:00:00
  • Le SAMEDI de 10:00:00 à 18:00:00
  • Le DIMANCHE de 10:00:00 à 18:00:00


Villa Carmignac – Exhibition 2021 – La Mer Imaginaire



Villa Carmignac – Exhibition 2021 – La Mer Imaginaire

Piste de la Courtade
83400 Hyères