This major exhibition rediscovers the multi-talented French artist of the swinging twenties, whose inventive poetry and graphic lines widely inspired his contemporaries Picasso, Matisse, Chirico, Warhol and Modigliani, among others.
About the exhibition
This major exhibition presents some 230 works by the graphic poet Jean Cocteau as well as masterpieces created by artists he considered as friends and associates. Inspired by Cocteau’s sense of poetry and design, these include Pablo Picasso, Giorgio de Chirico, Leon Bakst, Bernard Buffet, Leonard Foujita, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and the great Andy Warhol.
The exhibition is composed of iconic pieces from the important private collection owned by Ioannis Kontaxopoulos and Alexander Prokopchuk as well as exceptional loans from the National Museum of Monaco, Jean Cocteau’s house in Milly-la-forêt and the Maison Cartier. Centred on the themes that haunted Cocteau throughout his life, namely self-portraits, mythology, religion, eroticism, circus, Russian ballet, bullfighting and flamenco, the exhibition showcases illustrated books, drawings, oil paintings, prints, painted pebbles, jewellery, costume and set design and other poetic objects to demonstrate the eclectic panorama of his collaborations and masterpieces.
About Jean Cocteau
2013 celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jean Cocteau’s death (1889- 1963). A poet wrapped inside a painter, wrapped inside a filmmaker and actor, he was an artist of incredibly varied media who actively produced poetry, stage design and plays for ballet, as well as films, ceramics, novels and sculpture throughout his life. Despite the breadth of his output, he distinctly referred to himself as an author, saying that all of his work was poetry.
Exhibition curator: Ioannis Kontaxopoulos
Designer: Sjoerd Hoekstra, Design for Culture
***We can go for a drink in LKF after seeing the show.