June 15 – September 30, 2020
Located halfway between the village and the Villa Carmignac, the Sainte-Agathe fort, which was built in the 16th century under François I, occupies a strategic position. Overlooking the island and harbour of Hyères, it played a defensive role for centuries before being assigned to the Port-Cros National Park in 1991.
Renovated by the Port Cros National Park in partnership with the Foundation Carmignac, harbours a vaulted dome shaped room with an oculus, crowned with a terrace which offers a 360-degree view of the island’s land- and seascapes.
At the suggestion of the Fondation Carmignac and within the framework of a partnership agreement, this vaulted room will host each year an artistic project related to nature and the environment, a common theme to the Park and the Fondation.
Fascinated by aucubas, Marc Couturier sees in them a delicate marriage of the plant and the astral world. For the artist, the speckled leaves, which he collected in Parisian squares, conjure up constellations of stars in the sky.
Seen as talismans, it is with a certain poetry that he distinguishes nebulae on the leaves of these shrubs, in the image of the universe: “the sky descend[ing] on the earth and […] the earth becom[ing] the sky”.
Between the imitation of nature and the spiritual representation of the celestial vault, Marc Couturier appears to be prolonging the quest for the sublime inherited from the artists of antiquity, imagining a new Garden of Eden where the stars and terrestrial flora become one.
- The Fort Sainte Agathe is open 7 days a week from June 15 to September 30 from 10am to 1pm and from 3pm to 6pm
- Guided tours available on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10am
- Group limited to 10 people
- Reservation recommended : +33 494 580 724