About us The Foundation

Roy Lichtenstein, Fishing Village, 1987.
The Foundation

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.

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Edouard Carmignac spent his childhood in Peru. The memory of some flamboyant plants today haunts the gardens of the Porquerolles site.


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.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Zing, 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.

Place Vendôme

Creation of Carmignac Gestion

Creation of Carmignac Gestion, a matrix company of the Foundation.

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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.

Bureau Martial Raysse

Birth of the Carmignac Foundation

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

Roy Lichtenstein, Fishing Village, 1987

Première acquisition d’une oeuvre de Roy Lichtenstein

First acquisition of a work by Roy Lichtenstein.

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.


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

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.)

Opening of a public site in Porquerolles

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

Edouard Carmignac
Edouard Carmignac devant "Level as a level" de Ed Ruscha

Édouard Carmignac is President and founder of Carmignac, a company specialized in asset management. 

After a childhood spent in Peru, he studied economics in Paris and graduated from Columbia University. Since the early 1980s, he has been collecting contemporary art in contact with the New York art scene. The energy of those years still permeates his collecting spirit and his recent acquisitions.

Charles Carmignac

An entrepreneur involved in the world of art and ecology, Charles Carmignac, 39, has launched numerous initiatives in the fields of journalism, communication and the arts after studying at ESCP and Sciences Po Paris.

At the same time, he was an author and musician in the group Moriarty for 20 years. In January 2017, he takes over the management of the Carmignac Gestion Corporate Foundation and the Villa Carmignac.


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.


Freedom of expression