Founded in 2000 by Édouard Carmignac, the Fondation Carmignac is a corporate foundation 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.
1960s - 1970s
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 17 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.
Sponsorship of the Basquiat exhibition at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Narciso Contreras Libya Exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery
8th Carmignac Photojournalism Prize winner Narciso Contreras' Libya exhibition attracts over 500,000 visitors to the Saatchi Gallery in London (most viewed photojournalism exhibition of 2017)
Inauguration of the Villa Carmignac site on the island of Porquerolles.
Édouard Carmignac is a French entrepreneur, Chairman of Carmignac, an independent company he founded in 1989 and which stands today as one of the main European players in asset management.
After spending his childhood in Peru, he studied Economics at the Sorbonne and graduated with an MBA from Columbia University in New York, USA. He started his career in an investment bank and began to take interest in contemporary art as he got acquainted with the New York scene by patronizing Andy Warhol's Factory. The energy of those years still guides his spirit of nonconformist collector to this day.
In 2000, he created the Fondation Carmignac, a corporate foundation that supports contemporary artists and manages an international collection of over 300 artworks. In 2018, the Villa Carmignac opened on the island of Porquerolles in order to share the collection with the public and organise cultural and artistic events.
Also passionate about photography, Edouard Carmignac created in 2009 the Carmignac Photojournalism Award, which aims to support the independence of photographers by giving them the means to produce a thematic report in areas outside the limelight.
An entrepreneur involved in the world of art and ecology, Charles Carmignac, 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.
A collection of over 300 works
Artists in the collection
AES + F Group
Sigurdur Arni Sigurdsson
Philippe De Gobert
Willem De Kooning
Garry Fabian Miller
Dinh Q. Lê
Kadir van Lohuizen
Marchand & Meffre
Pierre et Gilles
Paulo Nimer Pjota
Vanessa Von Zitzewitz
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