Villa Carmignac presents La Mer imaginaire an exhibition which celebrates the poetic power of the subaquatic world, and calls into question our relationship with other living beings. The artworks are displayed throughout the 2000m2 exhibition spaces that stand under a water ceiling. On the first floor, Catalan artist Miquel Barceló was given a carte blanche and turned the space into a submarine grotto. The Villa’s garden, designed by Louis Benech, also displays many sculptures and hosts a programme with concerts, cinema, workshops for children, yoga classes and sound walks.

Ed Ruscha, Sea Of Desire, 2018 ©MarcDomage
Miquel Barceló, L’Alycastre, 2018 ©CMoirenc
Nils-Udo, La couvée, 2019 ©CMoirenc
© CMoirenc
Vue de l'exposition La Mer Imaginaire © Luc Boegly
Miquel Barceló Ressac, 2021, Œuvre in situ, Villa Carmignac, Porquerolles Co-production Fondation Carmignac & Miquel Barceló © Miquel Barceló - ADAGP, Paris, 2021 © Fondation Carmignac - Photo Philippe Chancel

Villa Carmignac presents La Mer imaginaire an exhibition which celebrates the poetic power of the subaquatic world, and calls into question our relationship with other living beings. The artworks are displayed throughout the 2000m2 exhibition spaces that stand under a water ceiling. On the first floor, Catalan artist Miquel Barceló was given a carte blanche and turned the space into a submarine grotto. The Villa’s garden, designed by Louis Benech, also displays many sculptures and hosts a programme with concerts, cinema, workshops for children, yoga classes and sound walks.

Programme

Vue d’exposition Le Songe d’Ulysse - Villa Carmignac, Porquerolles Oeuvres de Martial Raysse et Jorge Peris © Fondation Carmignac - Photo Marc Domage
Vue d’exposition Le Songe d’Ulysse - Villa Carmignac, Porquerolles Oeuvres de Martial Raysse et Jorge Peris © Fondation Carmignac - Photo Marc Domage
Martial Raysse Sans titre, 1962 Collection Carmignac - Copyright Adagp, Paris, 2022
Martial Raysse Sans titre, 1962 Collection Carmignac - Copyright Adagp, Paris, 2022
1987 Technique mixte sur papier et toile / Mixed media on paper and canvas 32,8 x 47,7 cm Photo Pino Dell’Aquila, Torino. © Archivio Carol Rama, Torino
Untitled, 1987 Technique mixte sur papier et toile / Mixed media on paper and canvas 32,8 x 47,7 cm Photo Pino Dell’Aquila, Torino. © Archivio Carol Rama, Torino
Fishing Village, 1986 Huile et magna sur toile / Oil and magma on canvas - H. 198,1 cm ; L. 304 cm Collection Carmignac © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein New York / Adagp, Paris, 2022
Fishing Village, 1986 Huile et magna sur toile / Oil and magma on canvas - H. 198,1 cm ; L. 304 cm Collection Carmignac © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein New York / Adagp, Paris, 2022
Icarus, 1970 Tirage gélatino-argentique / Gelatin silver print 120 x 126 cm © Adger Cowans Courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New-York
Icarus, 1970 Tirage gélatino-argentique / Gelatin silver print 120 x 126 cm © Adger Cowans Courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New-York
Untitled #296, 1994 C-Print - 177,8 x 114,3 cm Collection Carmignac Courtesy Cindy Sherman
Untitled #296, 1994 C-Print - 177,8 x 114,3 cm Collection Carmignac Courtesy Cindy Sherman

The Dream of Ulysses

This year, at the Villa Carmignac, it is an exhibition inspired by the Greek hero who after the Trojan War (The Iliad), sailed for ten years to find his home. Ulysses would have touched, in his wanderings, the shore of Porquerolles. He would have fought and defeated the Alycaster, the monster sent by Poseidon and sculpted by the artist Miquel Barceló at the entrance of the Villa Carmignac.

In a scenography aiming to disorientate him in meanders of corridors and crossings which multiply the routes, you, the Ulysses visitor, will be constantly confronted with choices: to take this path or to turn your back on it, to see a work and not another. You'll have to navigate while thwarting the traps and illusions - mirrors, trompe-l'oeil and other keyholes - scattered along the way by the scenographer Margherita Palli. Contrary to the classic labyrinths, devoid of any reference points, this one has the particularity of being populated with works of art. The visitor will go from meeting to meeting: women and their seductions, monsters and their potential of fright, heroes, fabulous and divine beings, animals...

Guest curator: Francesco Stocchi

Access

Fondation Carmignac
Piste de la Courtade
Île de Porquerolles
83400 Hyères
+33 (0)4 65 65 25 50
villacarmignac.com

Open from May to October.
Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Last entry at 4.30 p.m.
Nocturnals on Thursdays until 9 p.m. (last admission at 7:30 p.m.)

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PLACES TO DISCOVER

The farmers’ market of local producers : every Tuesday in downtown Hyères.
The Saint Paul collegiate : church built in 1182 and classified as a Historical Monument.
Parcours des Arts et du Patrimoine : about 40 galleries, craftspeople workshops and boutiques in the pedestrian streets of the old town.

PLACES TO STAY

La Reine Jane : a family hotel with 14 bedrooms decorated by 14 designers. Aperitif on the rooftop and pleasant, generous restaurant, ideal with friends.
Le Provençal*** : an institution of the Giens Peninsula: sea view, legendary seawater pool, friendly welcome.
Lido Beach : hotel located in edge of beach with sight on the roadstead of Hyères.

PLACES TO EAT

La Rascasse : the gourmet restaurant of the hotel Le Provença overlooks the sea and the Hyères islands with its outside terrace.
Le Pothuau : provençal seafood specialities. Bouillabaisse, provençal bourride, fish soup and seafood paella… Reservation required.
La Langouste : snack in the villa Noailles’ garden.
Le Marais Plage : mediterranean cuisine to enjoy in front of the sea.
Chez Lulu : traditional Italian cuisine and Le Frigo de Lulu for the Italian delicatessen and snack.
Le Denti : fish eatery, 100% sea and local. Ideally located on a terrace downtown.
La Brasserie : the traditional bistro of the hôtel Le Provençal.
Don Pappazino : delicious pizzas.