Part of Alfons Mucha’s Slav Epic goes on display at Obecní dům from today July 19, 2018, to January 13, 2019.
Due to size limitations, only the smaller ones will be shown. The remaining larger canvases are currently on display in Brno at the Brno Exhibition Center (BVV) until December 31, 2018.
Mucha worked on the Slav Epic in 1910 – 1928. In 1913, Mucha already publicly announced that the work would be donated to the city of Prague, with the condition that the city place the paintings in a special pavilion built at its own expense.
Mucha painted the cycle for almost 18 years starting in 1910. It is comprised of 20 large paintings inspired by Slav mythology and the Czech nation’s history. Until 2011, the paintings were on display at the Moravsky Krumlov Chateau, south Moravia. In 2010 they were entered in the list of national heritage.
In September of 1928, Mucha gave his work to the mayor of the city of Prague, and the Epic was exhibited in the Veletržní palác on the occasion of the celebration of ten years of independence of the Czechoslovak state. Veletržní palác is one of the places being suggested for permanent exhibition after the Epic returns from its Asian tour.