Founded in 2000 by Édouard Carmignac, the Fondation Carmignac is structured around two main pillars: a contemporary art collection of more than 300 works, and the Carmignac Photojournalism Award that annually supports an investigative report that is the subject of an exhibition and a catalog.
In partnership with the Fondation Carmignac was inaugurated a new location accessible to the public: the Villa Carmignac on the island of Porquerolles where exhibitions and cultural events take place.
Edouard Carmignac spent his childhood in Peru. The memory of certain flamboyant plants now haunts the gardens of the Villa in Porquerolles.
The aspirations and energy of these years permeate the collector’s mind and his future acquisition choices. Carmignac Gestion would later stage artists of the time (Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Lou Reed…) whose music inhabits the soul of the collection.
In New York, Edouard Carmignac frequents the Factory and meets Jean-Michel Basquiat who paints his portrait. The “C” surrounded by a circle that the artist paints on the canvas, will inspire the logo of Carmignac Gestion
Creation of Carmignac Gestion, the foundation’s parent company.
The collection begins with the acquisition of Grüner Strich (1982) from Gerhard Richter. The collection now includes 6 works by the German artist.
Positioned in support of contemporary creation since that date, the Foundation now manages, promotes and shares the Carmignac collection.
First acquisition of a work by Roy Lichtenstein, Fishing Village (1987). The collection now includes 15 works by the American artist (the largest private collection in France).
Faced with the media and photojournalism crisis, Edouard Carmignac created the Carmignac Photojournalism Award. Endowed with a grant of 50,000 euros, this award aims to support a photojournalist in carrying out a photographic investigation that reflects reality in all its complexity.
Inauguration of the Villa Carmignac site on the island of Porquerolles.