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The Family Collection

Waldstein Riding School
15 July ‑ 31 October 2022

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This exhibition is organized by the Mucha Foundation in cooperation with the Senate of the Czech Republic.

The exhibition will take place under the patronage of:
Miloš Vystrčil, President of the Senate of the Czech Republic
Alexis Dutertre, Ambassador of France
Zdeněk Hřib, Mayor of Prague

Where
Waldstein Riding School
Valdštejnská 3
Praha 1 Malá strana
50.0900458N, 14.4055003E

metro A: Malostranská station
tram 12, 18, 22: Malostranská stop
When
15 July ‑ 31 October 2022
Daily 10:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 08:00 p.m.
Price
CZK 240 adults
CZK 500 family entry (2 adults + 2 children up to 18 years old)
CZK 150 students (15 – 26 years with valid student card)
CZK 150 seniors (from 65 years)
Free for children 0-14 years + press, members of ICOM, AMG, UHS.
Free for persons with severe disabilities accompanied by a guide (ZTP/P identification card).
The Schools for free! Use this link to book.

Tickets can be purchased online at GoOut.cz or directly at the Waldstein Riding School.
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The exhibition MUCHA, The Family Collection will present the works of Alphonse Mucha in a way he has never been presented before. The story of the globally renowned and celebrated artist will be 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.

“We wish to show my grandfather not only as a versatile artist, but also as a Czech, European, and world citizen in the best sense of the word, who firmly believed that one of the basic tasks of art is ‘not to destroy, but to build bridges’. That’s something we need today perhaps more than ever,” says John Mucha, grandson of Alphonse Mucha and President of the Mucha Foundation.

The architectural design of MUCHA, The Family Collection at the Waldstein Riding School in Prague's Lesser Town was created by the world-famous Czech architect Eva Jiřičná.

Like Alphonse Mucha, Eva Jiřičná has a strong reputation worldwide 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-sectional exhibition maps out the most important stages of Mucha's life. From his childhood 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.

Famous primarily as the leading representative of the Art Nouveau movement, Mucha's decorative works create significant milestones in the history of modern graphic art, yet his works of art reach far beyond their decorative value alone. This exhibition explores Mucha's art in the context of his philosophical opinions and his vision for his homeland and features not only his glorious Sarah Bernhardt posters from the time of the Parisian fin de siècle, but also lesser-known aspects of his work, culminating in his late masterpiece, the Slav Epic.

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Alphonse Mucha

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Self-portrait (1899)

Alphonse Maria Mucha (1860-1939) is best known for the prominent role he played in shaping the aesthetic of French Art Nouveau at the turn of the 20th century. A relatively unknown artist of Czech origin living in Paris, Mucha achieved instant fame in December 1894. It was then that he accepted a commission to create a poster for the most famous actress of the time, Sarah Bernhardt. And so it was that the "Mucha Style" became known. The success of that first poster led to a contract between Bernhardt and Mucha, and in the following years his work for her and others included costumes and stage sets, magazine and book cover designs, jewelry, furniture, and numerous posters. Mucha returned to Czechoslovakia in 1910 and devoted the rest of his life to creating an epic series of twenty paintings depicting the history of the Slavs, called the Slav Epic.

Mucha's artworks continue to influence contemporary artists who draw inspiration from his visual language. The continuing influence of the artist's legacy can be seen reflected in rock'n'roll posters, manga, and even superhero movies and video games.

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Self-portrait: Mucha at his studio in Rue du Val-de-Grâce, Paris (1899)
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The Threat - study (1912)
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Portrait of Jaroslava (1927-35)
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La Nature (1900)
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Mucha working on one of the murals for the Lord Mayor's Hall, Obecní Dům, Prague (1910-11)
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Zodiac (1896)
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The Moon and the Stars: study for 'The Moon' (1902)
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The Seasons: study for 'Spring' (1896)
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Rêverie (1897)

The Mucha Foundation

The Mucha Foundation is an independent, non-profit charity with international scope founded in 1992 by the artist's grandson, John Mucha, and Alphonse Mucha's daughter-in-law Geraldine Thomson Mucha. The Mucha Foundation aims to protect and preserve the Mucha Family Collection, the largest and most comprehensive collection of works by Alphonse Mucha in the world, and to promote the artistic heritage of Alphonse Mucha. Over the years, the Mucha Foundation has organized more than 50 exhibitions around the world, where more than 6,500,000 visitors have been introduced not only to the work of Alphonse Mucha, but also to Czech culture. The Mucha Foundation is internationally recognized as the authority on the life and work of Alphonse Mucha. John Mucha is the President of the Mucha Foundation.

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Self-portrait: Mucha on stepladder, working on the poster 'Imprimerie Cassan Fils' (1896)

Mucha: The Story of an Artist who Created a Style

An epic documentary about an artist who created Art Nouveau style and influenced hippies.

The fate of Alphonse Mucha, a genius graphic artist and self-made man, whose glory was born almost overnight thanks to collaboration with the actor star of Paris, Sarah Bernhardt. His posters, applied art and paintings have become world-renowned. Still, he did not hesitate to leave Paris at the height of his success to realize his artistic dream – to create a monumental work for the nation. Mucha‘s life tells us that something new and unique can only be born if you are prepared to hold to your vision and risk your whole future. We present a new view of Alphonse Mucha‘s life based on exclusive and unpublished correspondence, diaries and autobiographical writings.



director Roman Vávra
script writer Markéta Sára Valnohová, Roman Vávra
story & script advisor Martin Polák
cinematographer Martin Štěpánek
composer André Feldhaus
montage Katarina Geyerova Buchanan
animations Rainer Ludwigs Image-Building

architect Milan Popelka
costume Ivana Štastná
mask Iveta Huptychová
sound Jiří Hruban

cast:
Martin Stránský (Jiří Mucha)
Tomaš Konarik (young Alphonse Mucha)
Antonín Nový (old Alphonse Mucha)
etc.

musicians
Richard Ander-Donath (violoncello)
Marcel Noll (viola)
Johannes Roosen-Runge (trumpet, flugelhorn)
producer Ondřej Beránek, Jakub Pinkava
co-producer Peter Roloff
institutional funding by Czech Film Fund, nordmedia Lower Saxony/Bremen, Pilsen Region, South Moravia Region, City of Brno
production Punk Film, s.r.o., Prague
in co-production with Czech Television, ARTE & maxim film
in cooperation with Mucha Foundation

Mucha Trail

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Mucha Trail in Prague

Prague City Tourism has prepared four thematic walking trails as part of the Mucha Trail. Here you can discover the buildings and institutions that played an important role in Mucha’s life.

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Mucha Trail in South Moravia

This trail passes through places in South Moravia closely linked to the life of Alphonse Mucha. This beautiful region would become a great inspiration for his work.

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Co-organizer

Senát ČR

Patron

Francouzská ambasáda Hlavní město Praha

General partner

Fosfa

Partners

FeelEco
Google Art & Culture

Supporters

Česká mincovna Mastercard Mastercard

Special thanks

Soaré sekt Česká hypoteční JCDecaux Prague City Tourism KudyzNudy Medico Uro Medico UroGyn Medico Gyn Medico Care Johann W Crestyl Zepris

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