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European Heritage Days: Exhibition at the Jean Cocteau Bastion Museum

Museum, Museum of France, Municipal museum in Menton
  • The Bastion (small fortress built in 1636) was restored and re-designed in its entirety by Jean Cocteau as the setting for his artwork. The staircase, tapestry, pebble decoration..., everything was imagined by Cocteau himself.Una tappa inevitabile dell''opera di Jean Cocteau.

  • In 1957, while working on the decorations for the wedding hall in Menton, Jean Cocteau noticed an abandoned 17th century fort: the Bastion.
    The mayor at the time, Francis Palmero, suggested that he turn it into a museum of his works and the artist, charmed by the place, accepted. To respect his wishes, the museum now dedicated to him regularly changes the exhibition of his works.
    However, Jean Cocteau kept a close eye on every detail of this creation, from the decoration of the doorways on...
    In 1957, while working on the decorations for the wedding hall in Menton, Jean Cocteau noticed an abandoned 17th century fort: the Bastion.
    The mayor at the time, Francis Palmero, suggested that he turn it into a museum of his works and the artist, charmed by the place, accepted. To respect his wishes, the museum now dedicated to him regularly changes the exhibition of his works.
    However, Jean Cocteau kept a close eye on every detail of this creation, from the decoration of the doorways on the first floor to that of the frontispiece, not forgetting the floor on the ground floor representing a lizard "symbol of Mediterranean laziness", all three of which were made of pebble mosaics.
    Unfortunately, Cocteau never saw his final work in Menton completed: it was his adopted son Edouard Dermit who finished the work according to the directives he had left, and the "Musée du Bastion de Jean Cocteau" was inaugurated in 1966, in the presence of his lifelong friend Francine Weisweiller.
    The original collection comprises 102 works, supplemented over time by other donations and acquisitions. In 2005, it was merged with the Wunderman donation to form a collection of more than 2000 pieces.

    Musée Jean Cocteau le Bastion. museecoteaumenton.fr. Retrieved from https://www.museecocteaumenton.fr/Musee-Jean-Cocteau-le-Bastion.html

    Closed from 14/11 to 24/11 inclusive.
  • Environment
    • Close to a public transportation
    • Bus stop < 500 m
    • Town location
    • Beach within 300 m
  • Spoken languages
    • Italian
    • English
    • French
Services
  • Accessibility
    • Not accessible in a wheelchair
  • Equipment
    • Parking
  • Services
    • Shop
Rates
Payment methods
  • Check
  • Bank/credit card
  • Cash
  • Rates
    Full price: 5 €
    Reduced price: 3.75 € (Students, teachers, large families, persons over 65, on presentation of proof)
    Group adults: 2.50 € (Professional partners, groups of 10 or more).

    Free entry for children < 18 years, Job-seeker, disabled people and accompanying persons.
    Group rate available for > 10 people.

    Free: every first Sunday of every month.
Openings
  • All year
  • Monday
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday
    Closed
    -
  • Wednesday
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Closed from 14/11 to 24/11 inclusive.
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