Jean Cocteau: The Juggler’s Revenge

Jean Cocteau: The Juggler’s Revenge
at Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Jean Cocteau

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the multifaceted world of Jean Cocteau at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection’s spectacular exhibition, “Jean Cocteau: The Juggler’s Revenge“, running from April 13 to September 16, 2024. This groundbreaking retrospective marks Italy’s first extensive homage to the visionary French artist, Jean Cocteau (1889–1963).

Curated by the esteemed authority on Cocteau’s work, Kenneth E. Silver, an art historian at New York University, the exhibition unveils the remarkable versatility and ingenuity inherent in Cocteau’s artistic repertoire. Cocteau’s distinctive ability to traverse various mediums, akin to the deft skill of a juggler, is at the forefront of this showcase. Often critiqued by his contemporaries for his adaptability, Cocteau’s works span an array of art forms, from drawings to graphic works, from intricately crafted jewels to captivating tapestries, and from historical documents to literary creations such as books and magazines. Additionally, the exhibition features a curated selection of Cocteau’s captivating photographs, documentaries, and films, offering a comprehensive exploration of this enfant terrible of the French art scene.

Jean Cocteau: The Juggler’s Revenge” meticulously traces the evolution of Cocteau’s singular and deeply personal aesthetic, offering insights into the pivotal moments of his tumultuous yet illustrious artistic trajectory. Through an eclectic display of Cocteau’s oeuvre, this exhibition invites visitors to delve into the immersive world of an artist whose innovation and creativity continue to captivate and inspire audiences worldwide.


Location: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Schedule: Apr. 13 – Sept. 16, 2024

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