When not judging the Cannes Film Festival or chasing ballet dancers from the Monaco stage, bon viveur Jean Cocteau turned his artistic hand to painting on a grand scale. Many of his finest works were displayed in this oceanfront museum. Most of the 1,800 exhibit pieces were donated by Belgian-American collector Séverin Wunderman. These include canvases by Cocteau’s friends Picasso, Modigliani, and Miró, plus movies shot by the Frenchman at the Villa Santo Sospir on Cap-Ferrat. Architecture fans may note that the curvy, light-filled building that houses the Musée Jean Cocteau was designed by Rudy Ricciotti, who also styled the new MuCEM European and Mediterranean Museum in Marseille. It’s so serene that, from 2017, twice-weekly Tai-Chi lessons (18€) have been offered in the museum cafe. A few blocks away, Cocteau’s life-size love scenes inside Menton’s Salle des Marriages (marriage office, pl. Ardoïno; adults 2€, free to children 17 and under; Mon–Fri 8:30am–noon and 2–4:30pm) earned him honorary citizenship of the town in 1958. Three years after Cocteau’s death in 1963, the Musée du Bastion (Tues–Sun 10am–6pm) opened on Menton’s seafront to showcase his final period of work.
Musée Jean Cocteau
2 quai de Monléon
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Wed–Mon 10am–6pm Phone 04-89-81-52-50 Prices Admission 8€ adults, free for children 18 and under Web site Musée Jean Cocteau
Map2 quai de Monléon Menton
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