Santo Sospir: a villa on the Riviera

May 24 to July 28, 2019
Galerie Vauclair stand 79 alley 6 Paul Bert

From May to July, the Vauclair Gallery is the bridge between Cape Ferrat and the capital. The "tattooed villa" by Jean Cocteau, which is currently being revamped, is reviving in the 7th arrondissement of Paris and the Paul Bert Serpette market during the exhibition Santo Sospir: a villa on the Riviera. The story of Santo Sospir was born of a blow of heart and a promise of alec made to his wife Francine weisweiller. Fleeing the war Alec promised Francine if they survived to buy her the house of her dreams. A few years later, on a summer day, during a boat trip around Cape Ferrat Francine remembered the promise of her husband and designated this house near the lighthouse. this mythical place became the crucible of the weisweiller family's friendship with the greatest artists of the 20th century. Jean Cocteau will mark the villa with his fantastic frescoes, sketched in six months in a creative whirlwind. Its extraordinary decorative atmosphere remains at the initiative of Madeleine Castaing, magician decorator of her time. Dissociated from Santo Sospir, the decor recreated by Laurence & Denis invites the visitor to relax on the banks of the Riviera in an atmosphere combining exoticism and mythology. During this exhibition, let yourself be rocked by the Mediterranean breath of Santo Sospir and its unreal atmosphere combining wall frescos, bamboo and rattan furniture of Asian inspiration, lily chairs and shell vases.