Walk on the Wild Side at the heart of the Carmignac Collection
Offering an outstanding introduction to a collection comprised of over 250 works by major 20th and 21st century artists, Walk on the Wild Side is a reference book that anticipates the opening of the Porquerolles (France) site of the Fondation Carmignac in the spring of 2018.
In New York in the 1980s, Édouard Carmignac discovered the effervescence of Pop Art and met leading artists such as JeanMichel
Basquiat, who painted Carmignac’s portrait (Zing, 1984). He later became one of the most important French collectors of Roy
Lichtenstein and acquired major works by Andy Warhol, including the his magnetic, iconic portraits of Mao and Lenin painted between 1973 and 1986.
Meanwhile, Carmignac had a keen eye for German painting, particularly the work of Gerhard Richter, whose paintings he began to acquire in the 1990s—prior to the artist’s worldwide success. Initially centered on American Pop Art and the German school, the
collection has progressively come to follow a more personal dynamic in step with Carmignac’s tastes. Thus the core of the collection has been intuitively complemented by artists like Willem de Kooning, Martial Raysse, Miquel Barceló, Andreas Gursky, Maurizio
Cattelan, and Ed Ruscha. In 2000, the Fondation Carmignac was established to support contemporary art and to promote the emergence of new talents like Zhang Huan and Korakrit Arunanondchai. The 2009 creation of the Carmignac Photojournalism Award
added a new dimension to the foundation’s actives; each year, the Award promotes a work of investigative photojournalism that reports on human rights violations and restrictions on freedom of expression throughout the world.
Walk on the Wild Side unites the talents of leading authors, critics, philosophers, curators, and designers. Nicolas Bourriaud, David Cronenberg, Luc Ferry, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Catherine Millet, and Camille Morineau trace the history and illuminate the particular philosophy of a collection whose primary goal remains the sharing of aesthetic pleasure —originally with employees of the Carmignac Group, and now, with the broader public.
Interview of Édouard Carmignac by Fabrice Bousteau, writer, curator, and Editor-in Chief of Beaux-Arts Magazine.
Introduction by Charles Carmignac, Director General of the Fondation Carmignac.
Nicolas Bourriaud is an essayist, art critic and curator specializing in contemporary art. Having previously served as Director of the Palais de Tokyo and Curator at Tate Britain, he was named head of Paris’ École Nationale Supérieure des beaux-arts in 2011, and subsequently led the artistic direction at La Panacée in Montpellier.
Luc Ferry is a writer, former professor of philosophy and former French Minister of Youth, National Education and Research in the government of Jean-Pierre Raffarin.
Film director Alejandro Jodorowsky has authored performances, novels, essays, and comics. He is known for his esoteric, surreal and provocative films.
Camille Morineau is a Museum Curator. She served as Curator for the Contemporary Collections of the Centre Pompidou and curated notable exhibitions, including the 2013 Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the Centre Pompidou and Niki de Saint Phalle at the Grand Palais in 2014. In 2016 she was named Artistic Director of La Monnaie de Paris.
Catherine Millet is an art critic, curator and writer. She is also the founder and Managing Editor of the journal artpress. She is familiar to the public for her autobiographical novels, including The Sexual Life of Catherine M.
David Cronenberg is a Canadian screenwriter, writer, and director, most famous for his thrillers and fantasy films which have achieved critical and public success. Notable among these are The Fly (1986), A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2006) and Cosmopolis (2012).