As part of Prague Days Chicago, the Prague Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago present the exhibition “Treasured Legacy.” The exhibit will be on display from June 12–July 31, 2015 at Maya Polsky Gallery.
Alphonse Mucha, one of the greatest Czech artists, will be featured in this exhibition both as an artist and as an inspiration for his granddaughter’s work in glass, jewelry, and sculpture. A selection of Mucha’s legendary Art Nouveau posters will be on display. The never-before-seen exhibit will also highlight Mucha’s significant presence in Chicago. At the invitation of his patron, Chicago philanthropist Charles R. Crane, Mucha lived, taught, and worked here. Five enormous paintings from Mucha’s monumental work, “The Slav Epic,” sponsored by Crane were on display at the Art Institute in 1920 to great critical and public acclaim. Mucha’s depiction of Crane’s daughter Josephine, as the goddess Slavia was featured on the 100-crown note of the Republic of Czechoslovakia that will be also a part of the exhibit.
Mucha’s granddaughter, Jarmila Mucha Plocková relied in her work on a printed collection of Mucha’s designs known as the Documents Décoratif and on his conceptions for a jewelry boutique in Paris. She first recreated Mucha’s works while remaining faithful to the originals, and then she used her grandfather’s work as an inspiration for her own art. By participating in the exhibition, she pays tribute to her grandfather in the city of such significance for his career. The exhibit will include a sculpture titled Nature that she re-created from the originals made by her grandfather in cooperation with Prague sculptor Peter Nižňanský. The sculpture will be displayed during Prague Days for the first time. Both sculptors will be present.
To learn more about Prague Days Chicago and its events, visit www.PragueDaysChicago.com.