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Mucha and America

From the age of 50, Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) spent around 16 years creating The Slav Epic, his series documenting the history of the Slavic peoples, and personally contributing to the independence and peace of his homeland, which became the new nation of Czechoslovakia, through his art. To create The Slav Epic, Mucha made several trips to America from 1904 onwards, and in 1909 he received the funding he required. In 1910, he returned to Bohemia (in what would become Czechoslovakia) and began work.
Without his experiences in the United States, Mucha would never have been able to create The Slav Epic, the large series that would be his magnum opus as an artist. This exhibition, for which the theme is “Mucha and America,” will introduce works that show his varied connections with America and investigate his decision to visit the country and the influences on his works and life. These works cover a range of periods and relationships, from the works for the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt, which propelled him to fame in Paris and which would play a part in his choice of America, to his works for the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900 that would later inspire The Slav Epic, among many others.

Last updated: 18 January, 2021
Date 14 November, 2020 - 21 March, 2021
Time 9:30 am - 5:15 pm (last entry 4:30 pm)
Price Adults 510 yen / High School and University students 310 yen / Elementary and Junior High School students 100 yen
Venue Sakai Alphonse Mucha Museum (Sakai City Cultural Hall)
1-2-200 Belle Marge Sakai Nibankan, Tadei-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Osaka 590-0014