The Imaginary Sea

Spring 2021

For its 2021 season, Fondation Carmignac has invited American curator and writer Chris Sharp to organise its forthcoming exhibition at Villa Carmignac on the island of Porquerolles, France. 

Entitled La mer imaginaire (‘The imaginary sea’), this project will transform the villa into an underwater natural history museum, questioning the interactions between our civilization and the marine world. Visitors will dive into an aquatic ecosystem, navigating fascinating representations and marine creatures, both dreamy and threatening at once. 

“La mer imaginaire will not only consider how artists are re-evaluating our relationship with nature, but also examine how nature, particularly the sea, sparks our imagination.” Chris Sharp


Yuji Agematsu – Gilles Aillaud – Jean-Marie Appriou – Cosima von Bonin – Leidy Churchman – Hubert Duprat Nicolas Floc’h – Adam Higgins – Allison Katz – Jeff Koons – Paul Klee – Jennifer J. Lee  – Jochen Lempert – Dora Maar  – Henri Matisse Mathieu Mercier Kate Newby – Alex Olson – Gabriel Orozco – Jean Painlevé – Bruno Pelassy – Lin May Saeed – Michihiro ShimabukuMichael E. Smith – Martin Soto Climent

Permanent works : Miquel Barceló – Jean Denant – Tom Friedman – Jeppe Hein – Wang Keping – Gonzalo Lebrija – Tony Matelli – Janaina Mello Landini – Bruce Nauman – Nils-Udo – Jaume Plensa – Ugo Rondinone – Ed Ruscha – Tom Sachs – Vhils

The Imaginary Sea