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Contemporary art

The imaginary sea

90 min visit

Villa Carmignac
20 May → 17 Oct 2021
From May to October. From Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Monday.

« Charles Baudelaire said: "Free man, you will always cherish the sea! And yet, we are destroying it little by little... »

For its fourth season, the Villa Carmignac is going underwater. The old farmhouse with its special architecture has been transformed by the American curator Chris Sharp for the occasion. Thirty-three both modern and contemporary artists have flooded the villa's vast spaces with a variety of works. Sculptures, paintings, photographs... Miquel Barceló even created a huge mural in the vaulted gallery as part of his carte blanche! Composed of several layers of plaster and clay, it invades the entire space, even the windows, and explodes on itself, reproducing the movement of a violent wave. All of the works on display bear witness to both the fragility and the hostility of the ocean floor. For if the abysses are not very reassuring, the sea tends to disappear little by little in the face of human activity. The exhibition questions the contradictory relationship that we humans have with the sea and its inhabitants. We love it and yet we threaten it even more than we fear it. In parallel to this exhibition, at the Fort Sainte-Agathe and the Villa Noailles, Nicolas Floc'h's photographs of the seabed of Porquerolles and its neighbouring islands are on display, in partnership with the Port-Cros National Park.


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