Alfons Mucha: Shaping the Czech Identity


May 31, 2018 - June 22, 2018,

[2nd Floor]

The exhibition "Alfons Mucha: Shaping the Czech Identity" examines the role of the artist at times of political change, presenting examples of material created by Alfons Mucha for his country, culminating in his most significant work the Slav Epic.

A passionate patriot and keen political thinker, Alfons Mucha always regarded his art as a means to serve his homeland. After a successful career as a leading exponent of the Art Nouveau style in Paris and America, Mucha returned to his native Czech lands in 1910 to paint his magnum opus, the Slav Epic, a cycle of twenty monumental paintings depicting Czech and Slavic history. The Slav Epic was presented as a gift to the nation in 1928 on the tenth anniversary of its independence.

The exhibition, curated by the Mucha Foundation's curator Tomoko Sato, will feature Mucha’s Slav Epic, represented via slideshow installation, along with select writings from the Mucha Archive to lead to an understanding of the ultimate message of this work.

This exhibition celebrates the centenary of the birth of Czechoslovakia in 1918 by exploring Mucha’s contribution to the nation’s struggle for national identity and self-determination.

Free and open to the public. For more information, please visit

Organized by: The Mucha Foundation, Czech Center NY, Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations