Organized by Kenneth E. Silver

From April 13, 2024, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents Jean Cocteau: The Jugglers Revenge, the first major retrospective in Italy dedicated to Jean Cocteau (1889–1963). The exhibition, organized by eminent Cocteau specialist and New York University art historian Kenneth E. Silver, highlights the artist’s versatility, the multiple juggling acts that distinguished his production, which often drew criticism from his contemporaries.

Philippe Halsman, Jean Cocteau, New York, 1949
© Philippe Halsman / Magnum Photos

Through an impressive variety of media, including drawings, graphics, jewelry, tapestries, books, magazines, photographs, films, and documentaries authored by the French art world’s enfant terrible, Jean Cocteau: The Juggler’s Revenge traces the development of Cocteau’s unique and highly personal aesthetic, alongside the key moments of his turbulent artistic career.