Art & Contemporary Architecture
Musée Cocteau in Menton & Fondation Luma Arles
Contemporary architects have bestowed exciting new landmarks on the towns of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in recent years. The Mucem, designed by Rudy Ricciotti, became the icon of new-look Marseille in 2013. Prior to that, Ricciotti designed the Jean Cocteau Museum-Séverin Wunderman collection in Menton (currently being refurbished). Poised on the seafront, this white stone block carved with sprawling, tentacle-like forms, is the architect’s homage to Cocteau. It now houses the world’s largest public collection of work by the painter and poet, who died in 1963. The Luma Foundation in Arles is a tribute too: that of architect Franck Gehry to the brushstroke of Vincent Van Gogh and his fascination with the ever-changing light of Arles. The Foundation welcomes artistic projects focusing on the environment, human rights, education and culture.