About us The Foundation

In this 1985 image provided by the Brooklyn Museum, the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is shown surrounded by his work.
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Created in 2000 on the initiative of Edouard Carmignac, Fondation Carmignac is a corporate foundation with two main focuses: an art collection of close to 300 works, and the Photojournalism Award given out annually.

In partnership with the Fondation Carmignac, the Villa Carmignac, this exhibition space open to the public, was conceived in Porquerolles to showcase the collection and to host cultural and artistic activities.

Grille chronologie

1950s

Édouard Carmignac spends his childhood in Peru. Today, the memory of flamboyant vegetation haunts the gardens of the Porquerolles site.

1960s-1970s

The aspirations and energy of those years permeate the collector’s spirit and his future acquisition choices.

The Carmignac company will later host the musicians of the day (Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Lou Reed…) whose music infuses the spirit of the collection.

1984

At the origin of the collection… Edouard Carmignac spends time at the Factory in New York and meets Jean-Michel Basquiat, who paints his portrait. The “C” in a circle that the artist paints on canvas will later inspire Carmignac’s corporate logo.

1989

Creation of Carmignac Gestion

Creation of Carmignac Gestion, the Fondation’s parent company.

1993

Gerhard Richter enters the collection.

Start of the collection with the acquisition of Gerhard Richter’s Grüner Strich (1982). The collection now includes six works by the German artist.

2000

Birth of Fondation Carmignac

Set up to support contemporary creation since then, the Fondation manages, promotes and now shares the Carmignac collection.

2002

First acquisition of a work by Roy Lichtenstein.

First acquisition of a work by Roy Lichtenstein, Fishing Village (1987). The collection now includes 15 works by the American artist (the most important private collection in France).

2009

Creation of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award

Edouard Carmignac creates the Carmignac Photojournalism Award in response to the crisis in the media and photojournalism. The laureate receives 50,000 euros, enabling them to carry out an in-depth reportage that reflects reality in its complexity.

2010

Exclusive patronage of Basquiat’s exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris

2017

Narciso Contreras exhibition on Libya at the Saatchi Gallery

The exhibition of Narciso Contreras, laureate of the 8th Carmignac Photojournalism Award, on Libya, attracts more than 500,000 visitors to the Saatchi Gallery in London (the most visited photojournalism exhibition in 2017.)

2018

Opening of a public site in Porquerolles

Opening of the Fondation Carmignac’s site on the preserved island of Porquerolles on June 2, 2018.

Arts

Since its creation, Carmignac’s Foundation has been a partner in numerous ventures and has several focus areas:

• Support for art
• Freedom of expression

through photojournalism
These initiatives take the form of sponsorships (in support of exhibitions, educational activities or research) as well as logistical and technical support or provision of content.

Arts

Freedom of expression