From October 27, 2023 to April 7, 2024, the Innocenti Museum will host the iconic images of Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), the most important Czech artist and father of Art Nouveau.
The exhibition, divided into six sections, offers a thematic and chronological journey through Mucha's art, a reflection on his talent and the evolution of his work and the figure of women between the 19th and 20th centuries.
Born in the Czech Republic, Mucha moved in 1887 to Paris, where he refined his arts and met Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous actress of the time, who entrusted him with her image, making him wildly popular. Thus, the myth of "Mucha's women" was born and within twenty years the artist designed and produced around 120 posters, becoming the leading exponent of poster art, and the most sought-after and copied graphic designer in late 19th-century Paris.
In addition to the famous advertising posters, to which one of the exhibition's sections is dedicated, books, drawings, oils, watercolors, photographs, jewelry and decorations, totaling more than 170 works, are also part of the exhibition.
The other sections are dedicated to women, Breton culture and the years spent in France, the Slav Epic, a monumental work by Mucha that invites the Slavic people to learn from history in order to progress toward the future and freedom, the "Mucha style" and finally the development of the new artistic language in our country, with a tribute to the Florentine Galileo Chini, among the protagonists of Art Nouveau in Italy.