Prague City Hall’s executive committee has called for Alfons Mucha’s
Slav Epic series of massive paintings to be housed in part of the
Exhibition Grounds buildings where collections of sculptures have been
A final decision must be taken by the full Prague council.
Renovations at the so-called Lapidary site are to take place at a cost of around 580 million crowns.
Prague has been searching for decades for a final site to exhibit the paintings which were donated to the city by the painter. Mucha completed the works which show the history of the Slav peoples between 1910 and 1928. He regarded the works as his lifetime masterpiece.
Some of the massive paintings from Alphonse Mucha’s Slav Epic series will
go on display in Brno from May 26. Nine of the largest works in the
20-piece series will be on show at the festival Re:publika 1918-2018
alongside dozens of posters by the Art Nouveau artist, the mayor of Brno,
Petr Vokřál, said on Wednesday.
Eliška Kaplický Fuchsová, a councillor from Prague, which owns the Slav Epic, said the city had had to overcome objections from restorers, who didn’t want it to be transported anywhere. However, the famous paintings attracted two-thirds of a million visitors in Tokyo and should also draw tourists to Brno, she said.
The mayor of Brno has said that Alphonse Mucha’s series of massive
paintings, the Slav Epic, is likely to go on show in the city as part of an
exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the creation of
Czechoslovakia in 1918.
Mayor Petr Vokřál says there is a 90 percent chance that the loan from the paintings’ owner, the City of Prague, will be made for the Re-publika exhibition taking place from the end of May and start of June this year.
Mucha regarded the series of 20 massive paintings depicting the history of the Slavs as his finest work. They were painted between 1912 and 1926.
The Prague Municipal Court has ruled that the famous Slav Epic cycle of
paintings by Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha belongs to the City of
Prague, rejecting a claim by the painter’s grandson John Mucha.
Mucha’s grandson tried to reclaim the paintings on the argument that the City of Prague had broken the terms of a 1928 agreement under which the artist donated the paintings. The terms called for the city to find a permanent site for their exhibition.
However the court ruled that the paintings were never owned by the artist who painted them on commission for American businessman Charles Crane who then donated them to the city of Prague. The ruling is legally binding.
Alphonse Mucha’s monumental series of paintings The Slav Epic should go on show at an exhibition at Prague’s Municipal House some time next year, a spokesperson for the Prague City Gallery said. The paintings have been placed in the gallery’s depositary after returning from an exhibition in Japan’s Tokyo that was seen by over 650,000 people. There are no plans at present to loan the Slav Epic to other cities outside the Czech Republic. Mucha helped create the interiors of the Art Nouveau Municipal House.
Alphonse Mucha’s Slav Epic was seen by over 660,000 people during a three-month exhibition in Japan that concluded on Monday. Jan Wolf, a councillor for the City of Prague, which owns the cycle of paintings, said at least 12,000 visitors a day had seen them during the last six days of the show. Mr. Wolf said the most optimistic forecast for total attendance had been around 300,000. The Slav Epic is set to return to the Czech Republic on June 21. It is not yet clear whether it will be loaned out again.
The District Court for Prague 1 has ruled that the famous Slav Epic cycle of paintings by Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha belongs to the City of Prague, rejecting a claim by the painter’s grandson John Mucha. His legal representation had argued that the City of Prague had broken the terms of a 1928 agreement under which the artist donated the paintings. The terms had called for the city to find a permanent site for their exhibition. The city argued the cycle of paintings had no longer been owned by the painter but by American businessman Charles Crane. Friday’s ruling can be appealed.
Over 75,000 people have seen an exhibition of Alphonse Mucha’s Slav Epic since it opened its doors in the Japanese city of Tokyo 12 days ago, Prague councillor Jan Wolf told the Czech News Agency. The series of enormous paintings is scheduled to be on show until June 5 but the Japanese organisers have already sounded out the possibility of keeping the exhibition open for longer. Mr. Wolf said people from all over Japan were travelling to Tokyo for the show.