Mucha Masterpiece May Be Relocated to Old Town

A plan is in the works to relocate the large-scale Art Nouveau treasure by Alfons Mucha to a new waterfront museum

Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas

Written by Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas Published on 11.08.2016 12:27:00 (updated on 11.08.2016) Reading time: 1 minute

The Slav Epic (Slovanská epopej ), painter Alfons Mucha’s Art Nouveau series depicting the history of the Slavic peoples, could find a new home in the center of Prague on Revoluční street.

A revitalization plan that would not only see the construction of a permanent exhibition space for the Mucha masterpiece but would also make the entire area more pedestrian friendly, is in the works Prague 1 city councillors told Aktualne.cz.

In an effort to architecturally enrich the area, another waterfront building, to be called Novomlýnská gate and designed by renowned Czech architect Eva Jiřičná, will be built next to the new musuem that would house the Epic.

Photo: Courtesy of Prague 1
Photo: Courtesy of Prague 1

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In addition, Revoluční street would be widened and greenery added to give the currently car-choked boulevard some much needed walking space.

City planners say that those extensive changes are expected to take place over the next few years. Street reconstruction will take about four years and cost town hall an estimated 350 million CZK.

The Slav Epic is comprised of a cycle of twenty large panels, painted by Mucha from 1910-1926 featuring scenes from Czech and Slavic mythology.

The work has been on display on the ground floor of the National Gallery Veletržní Palace since 2012 and will remain there until December 31 of this year, after which it will tour Asia for three years.

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