Musée Jean Cocteau

Thinking of Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) „Les enfants terribles“, his drawings, and maybe one or two films come to mind. How much more the French artist really created and how many other people he inspired, shows the musée Jean Cocteau/ collection Sévérin Wunderman - situated in the French Riviera town of Menton – at least partially: Whereas the museum´s ground floor is dedicated to artists who are in some or other way connected to him, as presently to the Italian painter Valerio Adami, the basement offers an insight into the painter/poet/author/dramatist/ etc.´s wild and free universe, his overflowing oeuvre. It´s easily grasped that Cocteau did not accept boundaries to his creativity. Some of his drawings are so strange (one could even call them screwed) that looking at them is nearly painful. But still, they´ve got „something“, it´s hard to tackle down – charme, pathos, humour, sincerity, the mix, or just this liberty? Anyway, it´s good to wander around the exhibition, look at all different kinds of objects, and watch the film, in which Cocteau himself explains the murals he did in a friend´s house.

Apart from all this, the building itself is also worth a mention. It has been designed by Rudy Riciotti, who is also the architect of Marseille´s MuCEM, and one could hint at a slight similarity between them.

So, there is really no need to wait for a rainy day in order to have an excuse for a visit.

Julia Maurer





musée Jean Cocteau/ collection Sévérin Wunderman
2 quai de Monléon

06500 Menton



Header, 1: Jean Cocteau et Raymond Moretti: Toréador et Picador à cheval, 1963 sérigraphie sur papier vélin ©Adagp/Comité Cocteau, Paris 2018

2: Jean Cocteau: Madame Favini et sa fille, 1953, huile sur toile ©Adagp/Comité Cocteau, Paris

3: Jean Cocteau: Faune, 1961 pastel sur papier ©Adagp/Comité Cocteau, Paris 2018

4:  Valerio Adami : Jacques Derrida, 2004, Acrylique sur toile © ADAGP, Paris 2018

5: Le musée Jean Cocteau collection Séverin Wunderman © Roland Halbe