Art Nouveau Visionary: Alphonse Mucha Loan Exhibition Arrives in the U.S. This Fall

  • August 31, 2021 12:25

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Alphonse Mucha, D ayd ream ( Rêverie ) , 1897 , c olor lithograph , 28 5/8 × 21 3/4 in., Mucha Trust Collection, © 2021 Mucha Trust
Alphonse Mucha, Cycles Perfecta , 1902 , c olor lithograph , 6 0 7/8 × 41 1/16 in., Mucha Trust Collection, © 2021 Mucha Trust
Alphonse Mucha, Self - portrait with posters for Sarah Bernhardt at the studio in rue du Val - de - Grâce, Paris , c irca 1901 , m odern print from original glass plate negative , 9 7 / 16 × 7 1/16 in., Mucha Trust Collection, © 2021 Mucha Trust
Alphonse Mucha, Nude on a Rock , 1899 , b ronze , H . 10 5/8 in., Mucha Trust Collection, © 2021 Mucha Trus

The special exhibition Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary, opening October 23, 2021, at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) will include events, lectures, tours, and more online and at the museum.

Czech-born Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) was one of the most celebrated artists in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. As an influential force behind the art nouveau movement, he created sumptuous posters and advertising materials—promoting such everyday products as cigarette papers and tea biscuits—that transformed the streets of Paris into open-air art exhibitions.

Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary celebrates the Mucha Trust Collection’s first major U.S. tour in 20 years, featuring a vast array of posters, illustrations, ornamental objects, and rarely seen sculpture, photography, and self-portraits—all showcasing Mucha’s distinctive style of harmonious compositions, sinuous forms, organic motifs, and lush color palettes. Additional works from the NCMA’s collection highlight Mucha’s influence in America and his close friendship with French sculptor Auguste Rodin.

In addition to related events, the Museum’s East Café will feature Parisian-inspired dishes, signature cocktails, and decadent desserts, and the Museum Store will stock an exclusive exhibition catalogue featuring essays by cocurators Tomoko Sato of the Mucha Foundation and Michele Frederick, associate curator of European art at the NCMA. Related products including books, magnets, scarves, and more will be sold. 

Tickets for the exhibition are already on sale and available at ncartmuseum.org/mucha

 


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