Porquerolles – Nature and art jewel
Porquerolles looks back on an eventful history, which became a double victory for beauty. Celts, Etruscans, Greeks and Romans, among others, took an early interest in the island and Napoleon settled soldiers there in the 19th century. Not everything was always peaceful, as documented by the Fort Sainte-Agathe, which dominates the island from afar.
It became romantic at the beginning of the 20th century when the Belgian engineer François Joseph Fournier bought the island and gave it to his young wife Sylvia. From then on, the focus increasingly shifted to nature, which was worth protecting and preserving, and when the French state took over the island from its descendants in 1971, Porquerolles immediately became part of the Port-Cros National Park and the beauty of nature could flourish unhindered.
The Fondation displays part of the art collection of the French art collector Edouard Carmignac and is largely located underground, as it was not permitted to build above ground in the national park for the new museum building. The result is an unprecedented temple of art with its own rules and rituals that lead visitors into mindfulness in a special way. What extraordinary luck for every art-loving guest to have the chance to immerse himself almost alone in the works of Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, Peter Lindbergh, Roy Lichtenstein, Miquel Barceló and many other artists.
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