Prague and Alfons Mucha’s grandson end dispute over Slav Epic

Photo: Michaela Danelová, Czech Radio

After years of legal disputes, the City of Prague and the descendants of Art Nouveau painter Alfons Mucha have finally reached agreement over ownership rights to Mucha’s famous Slav Epic. The two sides have agreed to cooperate in creating a centre where the cycle of paintings will be displayed.

The Slav Epic is a monumental work of Czech painter Alfons Mucha in which he traces the history of the ancient Slavs. Mucha, who regarded the cycle of 20 huge canvasses as his lifetime achievement, dedicated the series of paintings to the City of Prague in 1928 on condition that a suitable venue was provided to showcase them.

To this day, however, Prague City Hall has not been able to find a suitable location and the fate of the Slav Epic became the focal point of a drawn-out legal battle between the Czech capital and the descendants of the painter.

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Author: Ruth Fraňková