Alfons Mucha Exhibition

The National Art Center, Tokyo

poster for Alfons Mucha Exhibition
[Image: The Slav Epic The Slavs in their Original Homeland 1912, oil and tempera on canvas 610 x 810 cm, Prague City Gallery ©Prague City Gallery]

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2017 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Czech Republic. Alfons Mucha (1860-1939) was born in Moravia (now part of the Czech Republic). He was a prolific artist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and a key figure in the Art Nouveau movement. His unique style influenced an entire generation of painters, graphic artists, and designers. Mucha was catapulted into artistic stardom following the release of his unique promotional poster design for famed French actress Sarah Bernhardt’s lead role in Gismonda in 1894. The incredible success of that innovative poster transformed Mucha into an artistic icon overnight. Part of Mucha’s appeal was his adaptability across artistic media. He produced a flurry of paintings, posters, advertisements and book illustrations, as well as designs for jewelry, carpets, wallpaper, and theater sets in what was termed initially “The Mucha Style,” but became known as Art Nouveau. Mucha was a strong patriot of his Czech homeland, which motivated him in the creation of his monumental series, to which it would be hard to find a parallel elsewhere in the world. Mucha moved to Bohemia in 1910 where he began “The Slav Epic” - a series of 20 large-format canvases (the largest measuring over 6 x 8 meters) depicting the history of the Slav people and civilization. Mucha conceived it as a monument for all the Slavonic peoples and he devoted the latter half of his career to the realization of this project. This is the first time that all 20 pieces of “The Slav Epic” have been displayed together anywhere in the world outside of the Czech Republic. An additional 80 other amazing artworks from across Alfons Mucha’s career will also be presented.

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Talk: Mucha - From Art Nouveau to The Slav Epic
Speaker: Vlasta Chihakova (art critic, co-director of the exhibition)
Event Date: Mar. 8 (Wed) 14:00-15:30 (Doors open 13:30)
Venue: 3F Seminar Room, The National Art Center, Tokyo
Capacity: 260
Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket is required)
*In Japanese only.

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from 3月 08, 2017 to 6月 05, 2017
Closed on Tuesdays (except for May 2). Opening 10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Apr. 29 (Sat) – May 7 (Sun)

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Alfons Mucha

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