Mucha: The Family Collection

Exhibition at the Waldstein Riding Hall of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic.

Photo: Jana Jabůrková, Jiří Turek

The exhibition MUCHA, The Family Collection presents the works of Alphonse Mucha in a way he has never been presented before. The story of the globally revowned and celebrated artist is told through selected paintings, sculptures, photographs, and advertising works from the private collection of the artist’s family, with some originals to be seen by the public for the very first time. Like Alphonse Mucha, Eva Jiřičná has a strong reputation wordlwide and is therefore a very prestigious connection. The impressive charm of this connection lies mainly in the fact that Eva is known for her minimalism, while Mucha is renowned for his lush, decorative style.

This cross-secetional exhibition maps out the most important stages of Mucha ́s life. From his chilhood years in South Moravia to his studies in Paris, including his friendships with Paul Gauguin and Auguste Rodin, his time in America, his return to Czechoslovakia, and the creation of one of the most important works of art in Czech history – the monumental Slav Epic. Mucha longed for a world in which people from different cultural backgrounds could live together in peace and harmony. That desire is particularly poignant in today ́s troubling world; it is brought to us through Mucha’s universally relevant message of hope.