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Epic battle over Art Nouveau masterpiece

Published on 27 July 2010 at 11:18

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Moravia are Bohemia are squaring off in “an Epic battle,” reports Hospodářské noviny. The 150th anniversary of the birth of artist Alphonse Mucha will be marked by conflict over the Slav Epic, a work the painter considered as his masterpiece, which he gave to the city of Prague in 1910 on condition that municipal authorities build “a suitable location.” The question is: should the series of 20 large format paintings on Slavic historical and mythological themes continue to be housed in Moravský Krumlov Castle, where they have been displayed for more than half a century, or transferred to Prague? The relocation scheduled for 26 July has been postponed in the wake of a suit filed by Mucha’s heirs. As the Prague daily explains, “the battle will now continue in court.”

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