The Source

13 Apr 2019 – 3 Nov 2019


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For the Villa Carmignac’s second year of existence, the Fondation Carmignac has invited Chiara Parisi as a guest curator. Both the architecture of the Villa and the island itself have provided inspiration for La Source (The Source), the resulting show. Emerging from the woods, visitors are invited to take off their shoes before plunging beneath the surface of the Provençal farmhouse, where they can discover over sixty artworks from the collection, as well as important loans and new productions.

Alice aux Pays des Merveilles (Alice in Wonderland) – a lithograph by Max Ernst and Édouard Carmignac’s first acquisition – is the starting point of a wall drawing by Fabrice Hyber, which immerses the viewers upon entering the exhibition. Their underground journey through a succession of rooms flooded with sunlight is a metaphor for the regenerative, vital force of a source.

When visitors stand under the water ceiling’s light well, the pivotal point of the show, they can contemplate the cross-shaped disposition of the exhibition spaces freed from cymae , and gaze over all the artworks from the most meditative to the most engaged.

The Carmignac collection is revisited exploring two main axes: the female body (Egon Schiele, Roy Lichtenstein, Thomas Ruff…) and abstraction, which can be expressionist at times (Gerhard Richter, Theaster Gates, Susan Rothenberg…). While viewers can both observe and feel observed within this unique architecture, the selection of emblematic artworks from the collection is also juxtaposed with new paintings, sculptures and installations: their presence seems either pure (De Wain Valentine’s black totem), radiant (Cyprien Gaillard’s iron hand), transformative (Forrest Bess’s mutation of matters) or simply troubling (Elmgreen & Dragset’s ambiguous mirror play).

Exhibiting artists

El Anatsui

Micol Assaël

Rosa Barba

George Condo

Thomas Ruff

Koo Jeong A

Annette Messager

Louis Cane

Liam Everett

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha

Rebecca Horn

Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman

Sterling Ruby

Egon Schiele

Martial Raysse

Gerhard Richter

Susan Rothenberg

Elmgreen & Dragset

DeWain Valentine

Albert Oehlen

Maurizio Cattelan

Francis Alÿs

Cyprien Gaillard

R.B. Kitaj

Pierre Klossowski

Günther Uecker

Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas

Valérie Belin

Max Ernst

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein

David Horvitz

Fabrice Hyber

Cildo Meireles

Sigmar Polke

Gino De Dominicis

Olaf Breuning

Bertrand Lavier

John Baldessari

Soundwalk Collective

Miquel Barceló

Theaster Gates

Forrest Bess

Rosemarie Castoro


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