Dedicated to the life and work of the world-acclaimed Czech Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha (1860-1939) can be found in the Baroque Kaunický Palace. A collection of over 100 exhibits includes; Mucha’s trademark Slavic maidens with flowing hair and piercing blue eyes, bearing symbolic garlands and linden boughs, paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings, pastels, lithographs and personal memorabilia. These provide a privileged view into the universe of the artist who is most widely known for the poster of the actress Sarah Bernhardt as Giselda (brought him to international fame).
The popularity of the Mucha Museum is evident due to the unending amount of Mucha merchandise that can be bought from the gift shop. This popularity is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff here, as well as the invaluable cooperation of Mucha’s grandson and daughter-in-law within the whole process, who set up the Mucha Foundation in the artist’s honour. To further investigate the life and work of this great artist, take a tour of the Municipal House in the city as well.
Location of Mucha Museum: Panska 7 (metro station Mustek).
Open daily from 10 am until 6 pm.
Admission: 120 CZK, 15% discount with Prague Card. More info www.mucha.cz
Alfonse Mucha (1860-1939)
was one of the most prolific artists from the Art Nouveau period. This museum highlights his life and works in Bohemia and Paris.
Mucha became the toast of the town in Paris when he produced his first posters for Sarah Bernhardt, the legendary actress. His unique style of decorative art kick-started the Art Nouveau movement. Mucha’s much-admired posters for French products like chocolate, bicycles and beer revolutionized commercial art just before the turn of the century.
Mucha used live models for most of his work and went to extremes to pose them perfectly. Scantily clad female forms were his favourite subject. His use of curved lines and elaborate border designs sets his work apart, although many tried to copy his style. Mucha also took on commissions for large projects, including some exquisite stained glass panels in St. Vitus’ Cathedral in Prague Castle.