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Alphonse Mucha: modernist and visionary

From 29 July to 21 November 2010, the Fortress of Bard, hosts the exhibition Alphonse Mucha: modernist and visionary, the first important exhibition of Mucha’s works in Italy, organized on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth. Tomoko Sato, the only official scholar of the collection for the Mucha Foundation, presents the exhibition, promoted by the ‘Associazione Forte di Bard’ in collaboration with the Mucha Foundation.

Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), a Czech artist, was one of the most significant representatives of Art Nouveau. His style makes him an “exponent” of a new communicative language, an innovatory and powerful visual art: the female images of his posters, highly sensual and full of eroticism, within very precise graphical compositions were very successful at all levels of society at that time and, still now, viewing present day advertising posters you can glimpse Mucha’s artistic gene. The “Mucha Style” has made him unique, recognizable, modernist – the eternal symbol of Art Nouveau.

Cornerstones of Alphonse Mucha’s art are his great idealism, love and profound attachment to his homeland. He dreamt of a free Slav nation, free from the Hapsburgs, free from colonialism. the exploiting force of foreign governments, and above all free to draw forces, energies and solidarity from itself, its own traditions and its own identity. Here is Mucha, the visionary who created that most significant work: “The Slav Epic”.

The exhibition in three parts, presents various spheres, perspectives and aspects of Alphonse Mucha’s art. It will examine Mucha, the father of graphic art and Mucha, the philosopher and visionary artist. More than two hundred works from the Foundation’s collection, as well as around forty from private collections, will show the work and creative genius of the artist: posters, books, drawings, sculptures, oils and water colours, as well as photographs, jewellery and decorative works, bringing together the many-sidedness and eclecticism of his personality