The Foundation

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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.

Chronology

1950s

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.

1984

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

1989

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

1993

The collection begins with the acquisition of Grüner Strich (1982) from Gerhard Richter. The collection now includes 6 works by the German artist.

2000

Positioned in support of contemporary creation since that date, the Foundation now manages, promotes and shares the Carmignac collection.

2002

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).

2009

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.

2010

Sponsorship of the Basquiat exhibition at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

2017

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)

2018

Inauguration of the Villa Carmignac site on the island of Porquerolles.

The Founders

Edouard Carmignac

Edouard Carmignac

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.

Charles Carmignac

Charles Carmignac

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

Gerhard Richter - Grüner Strich, 1982
Maurizio Cattelan - Untitled, 1998
Martial Raysse - Ulysse, Why Do You Come So Late Poor Fool?, 1996
Alighiero Boetti, Aerei, 1989
Jenny Holzer - The Hand desired ..., 2003

Artists in the collection

A

AES + F Group
Doug Aitken
El Anatsui
Sigurdur Arni Sigurdsson
Korakrit Arunanondchai

B

Ayman Baalbaki
Lee Bae
John Baldessari
François-Marie Banier
Miquel Barceló
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard
Valérie Belin
Massimo Berruti
Jeremy Blake
Alighiero Boetti
Sandro Botticelli
Olaf Breuning
Ryan Brown

C

Alexander Calder
Agustin Cardenas
Maurizio Cattelan
Francesco Clemente
Andres Compagnucci
George Condo
Narciso Contreras
Nicola Costantino
Arturo Cuenca
Felix Curto

D

Lottie Davies
Philippe De Gobert
Willem De Kooning
Raoul Dufy
Marlene Dumas

E

Elger Esser
Liam Everett

F

Garry Fabian Miller
Urs Fischer
Bernard Frize

G

Theaster Gates
Christophe Gin
Jack Goldstein
Artia Golestani
Wayne Gonzales
Joe Goode
Douglas Gordon
Eberhard Grames
Deniz Gul
Andreas Gursky

H

Robin Hammond
Keith Haring
Camille Henrot
Jenny Holzer
Thomas Houseago
Zhang Huan
Xiaoliang Huang
Fabrice Hyber

J

Rashid Johnson
Jus Juchtmans

K

R.B. Kitaj
Yevgeni Khaldei
William Klein
Yves Klein
Pierre Klossowski
Jeff Koons
Josef Koudelka
Yuri Kozyrev
Guillermo Kuitca
Oleg Kulik

L

David LaChapelle
Rosemary Laing
Dinh Q. Lê
David Levinthal
Roy Lichtenstein
Peter Lindbergh
Kadir van Lohuizen
Marcos Lopez
Isaac Lythgoe

M

Edgar Martins
Sergey Maximishin
Adam McEwen
Marchand & Meffre
Jin Meyerson
Eman Mohammed
Davide Monteleone
Horst Münch

N

Yoshimoto Nara
Shirin Neshat
Xavier Noiret-Thomé

O

Albert Oehlen
Marilène Oliver
Os Gêmeos

P

Martin Parr
Philippe Pasqua
Yan Pei-Ming
Paolo Pellegrin
Pierre et Gilles
Vincente Pimentel
Eli Ping
Afshin Pirhashemi
Paulo Nimer Pjota
Sigmar Polke
Liliana Porter
Alex Prager
Richard Prince

R

Walid Raad
Carl Randall
Ann Ray
Martial Raysse
Gerhard Richter
Herb Ritts
James Rosenquist
Susan Rothenberg
Miguel Rothschild
Sterling Ruby
Thomas Ruff
Edward Ruscha

S

Lizzie Sadin
Hervé Saint-Hélier
Makoto Saito
Egon Schiele
Hans-Christian Schink
Tazio Secchiaroli
Leang Seckon
Cindy Sherman
Kazuo Shiraga
David Spiller
Hanibal Srouji

T

Newsha Tavakolian
Marjan Teeuwen
Li Tianbing

U

Günther Uecker

V

Vanessa Von Zitzewitz

W

Andy Warhol
Bradford Washburn
Chen Wei
Kai Wiedenhöfer
Pavel Wolberg
Christopher Wool
Junyong Wu

Y

Russel Young

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