Cocteau refuge in Milly-la-Forêt reopens in June

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Moving sanctuary of the memory of the poet, Jean Cocteau's House in Milly-la-Forêt, Essonne, will reopen from June 1 to November 3, 2019. In this green setting, where the artist chose to spend the The last years of his life, from 1947 to 1963, away from the bustle of Paris, his bedroom, his office and the living room mixing antique furniture and fairground art were kept intact, by his last companion Edouard Dermit.

The house had closed at the end of 2017, after the death of Pierre Bergé, its owner and patron, but he had taken care to solicit before dying the support of Valérie Pécresse, president of the Île-de-France region, to preserve the 'in law.

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By a vote of March 20, 2019, the Region accepted the donation of this place by the association Jean Cocteau House and now ensure the maintenance and operation.

An exhibition of drawings this summer, in partnership with the Pompidou Center

At the same time, the Pompidou Center has just received from the heirs of Edouard Dermit, 286 works by Jean Cocteau and a few relatives. The most important will be exhibited this summer in the house of Milly-la-Forêt, thanks to a partnership between the National Museum of Modern Art and the Region. Among them, there are caricatures of youth, cubist landscapes, portraits with loose line, including his relatives Coco Chanel, Colette or Christian Bérard, illustrations for the novel by Cocteau Thomas the Imposter, sketches for the shooting of Terrible children. The whole complemented by fifteen portraits of the poet signed Picasso, Modigliani or Man Ray … In July, film screenings (Orpheus, The beauty and the Beast…) in the open air at the Halle de Milly-la-Forêt will accompany this reopening.

Valérie Pécresse said she wants to develop " a dedicated tourism offer, with integrated transport To increase the use of the site, 70 kilometers south of Paris, including the Saint-Blaise-des-Simples chapel in Milly, adorned with Cocteau frescoes and where he is buried, but also the monumental neighboring work of Jean Tinguely, The Cyclop.

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