The Musee Jean Cocteau Séverin Wunderman Collection in Menton, France.

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Musée Jean Cocteau Collection Séverin Wunderman

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Art collector Séverin Wunderman donated some 1500 Cocteau works to Menton in 2005 on the condition that the town build a dedicated Cocteau museum. And what a museum Menton built: this futuristic, low-rise building is a wonderful space to make sense of Cocteau’s eclectic work. Its collection includes drawings, ceramics, paintings and cinematographic work, with exhibits rotating annually. Admission includes the Cocteau-designed Musée du Bastion.

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1. Musée du Bastion

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2. Salle des Mariages

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3. Basilique St-Michel Archange

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4. Cimetière du Vieux Château

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6. Jardin de la Serre de la Madone

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