2 of 20 Mucha’s Slav Epic works return to Prague to be checked over
Two sets of paintings of the Slav Epic series by Czech Art-Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha (1860-1939) have just returned to Prague from Tokyo, where they have been seen by 662,000 people in an exhibit that lasted from March 8th to June 5th 2017. Before traveling again, the works will be examined and checked over to see if they are in good conditions to continue their “world tour” around the world (United States, South Korea, China) with the other 18 works that are in Japan.
Last year in Prague the works were seen by almost 120,000 people while displayed in the Prague National Gallery. Until 2011, the paintings were on display at the Moravsky Krumlov Chateau, south Moravia, and then went to Prague. Between 2012 and 2016 they were on display in the capital of Prague.
The Slav Epic is a cycle of 20 large canvases painted by Czech Art Nouveau painter Alfons Mucha between 1910 and 1928. The cycle depicts the mythology and history of Czechs and other Slavic peoples. In 1928, after finishing his monumental work, Mucha bestowed the cycle upon the city of Prague on condition that the city build a special pavilion for it. Something that did not happen. You can see pictures of the 20 Slav Epic works in the Mucha Foundation website.
Last year Alphonse Mucha’s grandson sued Prague to stop Asian tour of Slav Epic, so the topic is hot in the Cultural Czech agenda.
If you like the topic read the Interesting article on Who owns Alphonse Mucha’s Slav Epic? by The Economist.
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