Located at the foot of the old town of Menton, across from the covered market and by the sea, Musée Jean Cocteau Collection Séverin Wunderman opened in November 2011.
It presents the work of the poet on 2,700m2 and offers visitors two levels of exhibition space for the collections, an area for temporary exhibitions, an educational workshop, a cabinet d’art graphique, an area for documentary resources, a café and a boutique and bookshop.
A tour lasting one and a half hours is available every day at 2:30pm for individual visitors. Led by a guide lecturer, it presents the works in the collection on display in Musée Jean Cocteau Collection Séverin Wunderman
They are also available in English, Italian or German (reservation required). Education al activities
An educational workshop (70m2) is available for schoolchildren and extracurricular activities. Theme tours and educational classes around Jean Cocteau’s work, the Museum collection and temporary contemporary art exhibitions are also organised daily by the Museum’s cultural mediator.
Itinerary in the city
The tour of the Museum continues with the Bastion, designed by Jean Cocteau from 1958 to 1963. It features the famous drawings of the Innamorati, the series of fantasy animals, as well as ceramics made in the Madeline-Jolly studio.
Finally, the Wedding Hall at the Town Hall (Salle des Mariages de l’Hôtel de Ville) of Menton, which the poet decorated in 1956, is open to visitors Monday to Friday.
Séverin Wunderman, colector and donator
An American collector born in 1938, fascinated by Jean Cocteau’s protean work, Séverin Wunderman gathered throughout his life an extraordinary collection of the poet’s works.
Desirous for his truly unique collection to return to France, he fell under the spell of Menton and met Jean-Claude Guibal, Député (MP) and Mayor of the City, in 2003.
On 27 June 2005, the Donation was officially signed and the City of Menton agreed to build a new Museum to house the collection.
The Séverin Wunderman Donation includes 1,800 works, including 990 by Jean Cocteau, 450 by artists close to the poet, like Picasso, Modigliani and Christian Bérard, as well as an exceptional group of 360 works linked to Sarah Bernhardt, the poet’s first monstre sacré (great star of the theatre). With Musée du Bastion’s historic collection, Musée Jean Cocteau Collection Séverin Wunderman is the world’s largest public institution dedicated to the poet’s work.
The architectural project
Rudy Ricciotti, who was awarded the Grand Prix National d’Architecture in 2006 and has designed some of the most remarkable buildings in France and abroad, was selected in 2008 for the new Museum dedicated to Jean Cocteau, after a European competition launched by the City of Menton. Jean Cocteau described his work as ‘something hard to pick up’. Inspired by the many facets of the poet’s genius, the Museum’s architecture aimed thus to be manifold, fragmented, sometimes elusive,
in the image of the building’s outer façade.
Open every day from 10am to 6pm, except Tuesday and 01/01, 01/05, 01/11, 25/12.
Informations / Contact
Musée Jean Cocteau Collection Séverin Wunderman
2, quai de Monléon
Tel.: +33 (0)4 89 81 52 50
Tel.: +33 (0)4 92 10 51 39
Tel.: +33 (0)4 89 81 52 56
full-price Musée Jean Cocteau Collection Séverin Wunderman + Musée du Bastion
+ Temporary exhibitions: €8
Musée Jean Cocteau Collection Séverin Wunderman + Musée du Bastion: €6
Temporary exhibitions: €5
half-price Teachers, seniors (over age 65), large families groups (10 people or more)
free Under age 18, jobseekers, disabled persons, and for everyone on the 1st Sunday of each month
Guided tours for individuals: €6 (free for children under age 14)
Group tours: €78 for 1-20 persons, €104 for 21-30; €156 for 31-55