News & Opinion | June 30, 2018 5:00 am

New French Museum Requires a Hike, Boat Ride, and Barefoot Walk to Visit

The Fondation Carmignac on Porquerolles Island offers a true, immersive art experience.

Fondation Carmignac
Fondation Carmignac is a gallery opening this month on the Provençal island of Porquerolles at the heart of Port-Cros National Park. (Wikipedia)

To get to Fondation Carmignac, a gallery opening this month on the Provençal island of Porquerolles at the heart of Port-Cros National Park, visitors take a 15-minute ferry from the mainland, then a short walk through the forest to reach the space. The gallery is situated in a converted farmhouse on land that once featured in the Jean-Luc Godard film Pierrot le Fou. Guests are welcomed upon arrival with a ritualized drink service. They are then meant to walk barefoot on the sandstone floors of the villa, so that they can connect better with the surroundings. Admission is very limited, only 50 visitors are allowed in each half hour.

The gallery’s opening exhibit, Sea of Desire, begins as soon as guests walk out of the forest and extends throughout the property. It features work by Lichtenstein, Warhol, and Basqiat, as well as emerging artists. The grounds are covered in plant life and the foundation encourages visitors to go for a pre- and post-visit swim in the sea just a few steps away.