Today, we will dive into the roots of Czech art, focusing on craft and paintings. One of the most successful and famous Czech painters, illustrators, and graphic artists is Alfons Mucha. His decorative panels, such as Summer (1896), Spring (1897), Dance (1898), and Flowers – The Rose (1898) had truly become highly recognizable all over the world. Mucha’s road to success, however, was not easy.
Mucha’s creative path had many directions. For example, he received recognition through decorative theatre posters, especially for Sarah Bernhardt, a famous French actress of the time. Similarly, he got famous through his advertisements and billboards featuring theatre plays, which were placed all over Prague. Mucha gathered inspiration from the Art Nouveau movement when he was living in Paris, France.
In Prague, there is a museum devoted to A. Mucha’s artworks, which you cannot miss during your holiday in the Czech Republic. The museum is divided into seven sections. Each section is dedicated to a specific art direction – Decorative Panels; The Parisian Posters; Documents Décoratifs; The Czech Posters; Oil Paintings; Drawings and Pastels, Photographs, and personal memorabilia of the artist. Some of the items from Mucha’s apartment are displayed in the exhibition, as well. You can use the help of a guide to gain a better understanding of the meaning behind the meticulous details in the artworks. More information about the permanent exhibition can be found on the official website of Mucha’s Museum. It is situated in the city center, near Hlavní nádraží metro station (C/red-line), and is open daily for the visitors. The entrance fee is 10 Euros for adults and 7 Euros for the particular category – children, the elderly, and students with a valid ID.
Another incredible exhibition devoted to A.Mucha is ‘iMucha- famous collection in motion’ project. It’s an installation open daily from 10- 6 pm in Municipal House from the 21st of August 2020 to the 10th of February 2023. All of Mucha’s artworks are displayed through digital rendering. It gives a marvelous opportunity to have an unforgettable experience by actually being inside the piece. ‘iMucha- famous collection in motion’ exhibition guides you through the artist’s entire life starting from the year 1893 when Mucha published his illustrations for Adamité, the epic poem by Svatopluk Čech. Then, the installation shows the main periods of Mucha’s life in artworks – Femme fatal, Slav Epic (also as a multimedia exhibition), Perpetual returns, and Pantheon of the Czech Music. Tickets are available at the price of 290 Kc, the reduced tickets can be purchased by children, the elderly, and students with a valid ID.