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Villa Carmignac on the French isle of Porquerolles. Photo: Lionel Barbe.

French Collector to Open Arts Space on the Island of Porquerolles

The French island of Porquerolles will soon be home to a privately run sculpture park and exhibition space. Fondation Carmignac is behind the new cultural hub, which will showcase the holdings of collector Edouard Carmignac, the head of the French investment fund Carmignac Gestion. It is expected to open on June 1.

“Visitors will discover contemporary works of the Carmignac Collection in the beautiful surroundings of a national park, along with temporary exhibitions, a sculpture garden, and a rich program of cultural events,” the foundation said in a statement. Tickets will range from ten to fifteen euros, and local residents, children, artists, and students will be able to visit for free.

A farmhouse on the island, dubbed Villa Carmignac, will house the art patron’s three-hundred-work collection featuring pieces by artists such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, El Anatsui, and Zhang Huan. It will also present an annual themed exhibition to be organized by a guest curator. Every year, artists will be invited to the island to create site-specific work to be exhibited in its sculpture garden. Pieces by fifteen artists from ten different countries have been commissioned for its inaugural year.

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