Photographer Michel Eisenlohr to display at Palais Carnolès of Menton

Menton, 10 September 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 29 September 2012 to 7 January 2013, Michel Eisenlohr will be displaying his work under the title “D’un Palais à l’autre… Une vision du Palais Longchamp de Marseille” at the Palais Carnolès of Menton A professional writer and photographer, Michel Eisenlohr has carried out this work in a spontaneous manner during 2005 and 2007. In this work on the Palais Longchamp, he wished to glorify both the monumental building and the more secret and unknown places such as the Carmelite Chapel, the interior of the water tower and the spaces within the two museums: reserves, rooms undergoing renovations, service stairs, archive rooms. He walked the place throughout the seasons, capturing the building during summer days and under snow, in the light of noon and during mysterious night. This work in black and white offers a new dimension to this set, water tower, museum, public garden, and observatory. He offers a new look on this major urban sport in Marseille. Born in La Ciotat in 1974, Michel Eisenlohr has been a writer and photographer for ten years. His multifaceted career is part of a literary and poetic philosophy. In 2002, his photographic work “Aime comme Marseille” was displayed in the town’s main cultural locations, followed by the distribution of a collection of texts and photographs, intimist log book published at Images du Sud. Captivated by this town, Michel Eisenlohr turned his gaze to the Palais Longchamp in Marseille. He dedicated to it a work in black and white between 2005 and 2006. As a fascinated walker, he captured changes of light in the water tower’s colonnades, took the sleeping statues by surprise, and other...

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Jean Cocteau Museum : a new museum in Menton

Menton, 3 November 2011, Art Media Agency, (AMA). The Musée Jean Cocteau — Severin Wunderman Collection of Menton, will open its doors on 6 November 2011 and will constitute the first public source in the world focusing on Jean Cocteau’s work. Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), poet, dramatist, designer, filmmaker and French artist was influenced by the avant-garde art movement and collaborated with the likes of Proust, Gide, Nijinsky and Picasso. He is best known for his theatre plays and poems and became a member of French Academy and  Royal Academy in Belgium in 1955. The creation of this museum dedicated to the artist, was made possible thanks to an exceptional donation by Severin Wunderman, whose collection is composed of 1800 pieces, 990 of them created by Jean Cocteau. Séverin Wunderman (1938-2008) was a collector and a passionate fan of Belgian art, who was exiled in United States during World War II. He was a luxurious watchmaker and his fascination with Cocteau, led him to acquire his first piece — an original drawing dedicated to Enfants terribles. He gradually expanded his collection and later founded the first museum dedicated to Cocteau in Irvin, California. Due to his collaboration with the representative of Menton City Hall, along with the Minister of Culture, his desire to return his collection to France was was came true.  However, Wunderman didn’t get to see his project be completed as he died some months before the construction of the museum in December 2008. The museum will present a thematic and chronological series surrounding the artist’s life and his connection to arts (both fine and performing arts). The exhibtion will include paintings, drawings, ceramics, tapestry, bijoux, photographs, voiced documents, films extracts along with 450 pieces by major modern artists with whom Cocteau was associated with, such as Picasso, Modigliani, De Chirico...

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Authenticity controversy at Musée Jean Cocteau

Menton, 8 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). A museum dedicated to Jean Cocteau and the Severin Wunderman Collection is scheduled to open in Menton in November 2011. The city of Menton received 1,525 works by Jean Cocteau from American collector Wunderman and is expected to exhibit them in the new museum. The new museum is highly anticipated in Menton, but recent controversies have dampened enthusiasm for the project. Annie Guédras, a specialist in Cocteau’s oeuvre, has cast doubt on the authenticity of some of the works donated by Severin Wunderman, a rich collector who died in 2008. Although Annie Guédras is an expert on the subject, she left the Cocteau Committee in 2008 as the relationship between the different commiteee members was strained. In February 2011 a new assessment was carried out by Patrick Martin and Dominique Bert. They decided to withdraw thirty-six pieces from the collection. Meanwhile, the Musée Cocteau curator Hugues de la Touche, who supported Annie Guédras’ findings, has been dismissed. Jean-Claude Guibal, the centre-right UMP mayor of Menton, affirms that De la Touche’s dismissal was not connected to the Cocteau affair. This case highlights the sometimes problematic nature of donations. It is probable that the contract signed between the city and Severin Wunderman stipulates that all the works must be exhibited. The donation of a whole collection often leads to authenticity problems. Regardless of the outcome of the affair, the museum, designed by Rudy Ricciotti, will open on 16 November 2011. It will house a permanent collection as well as works by prestigious artists such as Picasso, Modigliani and Miró. A section of the museum will also feature temporary exhibitions, a café and a library open to the...

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