Prague City Hall insists on exhibiting the Slav Epic series by art nouveau painter Alfons Mucha in Japan and China as part of a travelling exhibition in 2017 and 2018, despite criticism from restorers who worry that the paintings could be damaged by transport. They have called on the Ministry of Culture not to approve the loan. Prague councillor Jan Wolf told the Czech News Agency that the aim of the exhibition was to promote the Czech Republic and Prague. He also said the paintings have travelled abroad already during Mucha’s lifetimes. The loan has also been opposed by the grandson of the painter, John Mucha.