Musée Jean Cocteau

MENTON – Undulating, curving walls and coloumns form the 2700-sq-m Musée Jean Cocteau in Menton, France.

The triangular structure, realized by Rudy Ricciotti Architecte, houses over 2000 works by the legendary artist, poet and film maker Cocteau.

Inspired by a black and white film, Ricciotti created the museum as a reflection of simple contrasts. The building is virtually camouflaged by a sense of mystery and dreams – a reference to Cocteau’s life and work.

The squared roof turns itself into a series of plastic pillars, which define an impressive and organic promenade aligned with the glass facades. Meanwhile, curving incisions in the roof enhance its thickness while generating a romantic alternation between dark and bright zones.

Ricciotti says he was inspired by Cocteau's 1946 film Beauty and the Beast, namely, 'The bewitching hair of the beast and the omnipresence of the candelabra with its silvery movement.'

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