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Alfons Mucha: The Slav epic

Alfons Mucha, The Holy Mount Athos (subtitle The Vatican of Orthodox Church) 1926, egg tempera, oil, canvas, 405 × 480 cm
from: 19. 7. 2018
to: 13. 1. 2019

Mon-Sun 10.00–19.00 

Municipal House, Náměstí Republiky Square 5, Praha 1

from: 19. 7. 2018
to: 13. 1. 2019
Municipal House, Náměstí Republiky Square 5, Praha 1

Mon-Sun 10.00–19.00 

 

curator
Magdalena Juříková

 

 
admission
  • basic admission (adults) 250 CZK reduced admission (children over 6 years old, students, seniors) 100 CZK
  • families 500 CZK (2 adult, max 3 children)
  • school groups admission 50 CZK / student (applies to school groups with or without a GHMP lecturer)
 
educational guided tours on other than the above-mentioned dates are exclusively available to order at vzdelavani@ghmp.cz >
for groups of more than 5 persons
please order at least one week in advance
  • guided tour 80 CZK / person

 

 

barrier-free
access is ensured
 

After two years, The Slav Epic is again presented to the public. This time on the premises of the Municipal House, connected with the founding of Czechoslovakia and with another work by Alfons Mucha, who decorated the Mayor’s Hall there. The exhibition space of the Municipal House is one of the most representative in Prague and its Art Nouveau character is very closely related to Mucha’s decorative work. It gives a very suitable backdrop for The Slav Epic series, but its capacity is not enough for all of its twenty monumental canvases. Therefore it features eleven smaller-scale paintings mostly created during the First World War and later on, when Mucha was forced to adapt the original dimensions to the limited supply of canvas from Belgium.

The presentation of Mucha’s Slav Epic in the Municipal House is a worthy contribution to the important anniversary of the state of Czechoslovakia, the original idea of which was inspired by the Slavic history and its legacy.

After a successful reception of Mucha’s series in Japan, where The Slav Epic at the National Art Center was seen by over 660,000 people, there comes another opportunity for Czech and foreign visitors to see the larger part of this series in the grand atmosphere of the Municipal House as the historic center from which Czech statehood arose.

The exhibition has a different architecture from what the viewers are used to. We have tried to present the paintings in such a way so that everyone can get a better idea about the technical aspect of Mucha’s work, revealing at the same time how the canvas is mounted on the base frame. The installation makes it possible to see the paintings from the back and check the strength and quality of the canvas carefully chosen by Mucha for this purpose. We believe that this unusual view of Mucha’s monumental masterpieces will bring new experiences to the public and prove that The Slav Epic is still in good shape and can be expected to give us joy in another century.

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