A new multimedia exhibition has opened up this week at the Riding School of Prague Castle. Covering over 2,000 square metres of space, Alphonse Mucha eMotion combines digitised and 3D animated versions of Czech Art Nuveau master Alfons Mucha’s most famous works, such as the Slav Epic, with the classical music of another famous contemporary – Antonín Dvořák. I spoke to the producer of the exhibition, Richard Fuxa, whose foundation owns the most complete collection of the artist’s posters.
“Alphonse Mucha eMotion, as you can feel from the name, is about emotions, about the visual experience. This is a type of immersive exhibition that is quite common nowadays around the world.
“The aim of the experience is to immerse yourself in these large-format big projections, which you can experience within a full 360 degree circle. This is also possible due to the phenomenal spaces in the Riding School of Prague Castle.
“This is also the first time ever in the world that we took the work of Alfons Mucha and projected it on large screens. We were able to digitize all of his original works and combined them with the dynamics of music and movement as well.”
I read that the accompanying music are compositions from Antonín Dvořák and that Pierce Brosnan read the accompanying narration. Is that true?
“Yes, yes, that’s true. There is special music from Antonín Dvořák supporting the emotion that you feel precisely from these large format moving paintings.
“When the visitors come and begin their tour, Pierce Brosnan’s [voice] welcomes them. They can see a large self-portrait of Alfons Mucha, which speaks to them through the voice of Pierce Brosnan.”
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Author: Tom McEnchroe
Photo: Michal Krumphanzl, ČTK