Exhibition

THE INFINITE WOMAN

Villa Carmignac, Porquerolles Island

The Fondation Carmignac presents 'The Infinite Woman’ exhibition - curated by Alona Pardo - at Villa Carmignac on the island of Porquerolles, in the South of France, from Saturday, April 27 2024.

France-Lise McGurn
France-Lise McGurn

‘Strong, lustful, temptresses, femme fatales, caregivers, demonic or mythic, women have been represented in a myriad of ways across the centuries to fulfil a patriarchal view of the world.
Weaving the narrative of artists who, regardless of gender, have been able to challenge not only social norms but also the limitations of art and its restrictive categories. Central to the artists and works represented is a commitment to experimentation and to pushing the boundaries of artistic practice.


Organised thematically, the exhibition draws on ideas of myths and monsters in the representation of women to reflect on womanhood in all its many guises. Moving surefootedly between images of goddesses to scrutinizing the idea of the femme fatale, from disruptive ideas of motherhood to paying homage to the power of women’s desire, from beguiling fairytale creatures to cyborgs highlighting their emancipatory potential, to elevating (dis) obedient bodies that upend Western conventions of beauty while reflecting on the body as vessel, the exhibition closes with a section devoted to sirens and anti-icons to explore how gender is shape shifting in the 21st century. Ultimately, the works in the exhibition disrupt conventional ideas of womanhood to reflect on feminine power and how the representation of women has shaped global cultural attitudes.

Sandro Botticelli, La Vierge à la Grenade, 1445-1510 Tempera sur panneau de peuplier, 90,5 x 59 cm © Collection Carmignac. // Roy Lichtenstein, Reflections on Jessica Helms, 1990 160 x 124,6 cm, Collection Carmignac © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein New York / Adagp, Paris
Sandro Botticelli, La Vierge à la Grenade, 1445-1510 Tempera sur panneau de peuplier, 90,5 x 59 cm © Collection Carmignac. // Roy Lichtenstein, Reflections on Jessica Helms, 1990 160 x 124,6 cm, Collection Carmignac © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein New York / Adagp, Paris


Bringing together key works from the Carmignac collection alongside a number of important loans, the exhibition assembles work by pioneering artists such as Sandro Botticelli, Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Mary Beth Edelson, Judy Chicago, Tracey Emin, Roy Lichtenstein, Lee Bul, Chris Ofili alongside younger artists including France-Lise McGurn, Naudline Pierre, Loie Holliwell, Martine Gutierrez amongst many others. I am delighted that Tate and the Musée d’art Moderne de Paris amongst other institutional lenders have already promised important loans to this show.’

Written by Alona Pardo, curator of the exhibition

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Some of the artworks on display

Michael Armitage, #mydressmychoice, 2015, huile sur tissu d'écorce de Lubugo, 149,9 x 195,6 cm © Michael Armitage. Photo : White Cube (George Darrell)
Michael Armitage, #mydressmychoice, 2015, huile sur tissu d'écorce de Lubugo, 149,9 x 195,6 cm © Michael Armitage. Photo : White Cube (George Darrell)
Billie Zangewa, The Rebirth of the Black Venus, 2010 Tapisserie sur toile, 135 x 100 cm (avec cadre), 152 x 118 x 4 cm (avec cadre) Courtesy Collection Gervanne + Matthias Leridon © JW White/Phocasso
Billie Zangewa, The Rebirth of the Black Venus, 2010 Tapisserie sur toile, 135 x 100 cm (avec cadre), 152 x 118 x 4 cm (avec cadre) Courtesy Collection Gervanne + Matthias Leridon © JW White/Phocasso
Lisa Yuskavage, Pond, 2007 huile sur lin, 182,9 x 129,5 cm © Lisa Yuskavage, courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner. Photo : DR
Lisa Yuskavage, Pond, 2007 huile sur lin, 182,9 x 129,5 cm © Lisa Yuskavage, courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner. Photo : DR

Villa Carmignac
Porquerolles Island, Var, France

Opening from 27 April
The villa is currently closed to the public pending the the opening of the exhibition.


Mary Beth Edelson, Selected Wall Collages, 1972-2011 Off-set and laser prints, marker, graphite, correction pen, wax crayon, and glitter on paper, mounted on canvas, dimensions variable. © Tate: Purchased using funds provided by the 2017 Frieze Tate Fund supported by WME | IMG 2018. Courtesy of David Lewis Gallery, New York.  Photo © Tate.
Mary Beth Edelson, Selected Wall Collages, 1972-2011 Off-set and laser prints, marker, graphite, correction pen, wax crayon, and glitter on paper, mounted on canvas, dimensions variable. © Tate: Purchased using funds provided by the 2017 Frieze Tate Fund supported by WME | IMG 2018. Courtesy of David Lewis Gallery, New York. Photo © Tate.