Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveau 2012

Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveau 2012

Paintings, sculptures, jewelry and lithos – oh my!A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the Midwest, Moravian artist Alphonse Mucha’sartworkis exhibited through the end of 2012 at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

ALPHONSE MUCHA: INSPIRATIONS OF ART NOUVEAU AT THE NATIONAL CZECH & SLOVAK MUSEUM & LIBRARY

ALPHONSE MUCHA: INSPIRATIONS OF ART NOUVEAU AT THE NATIONAL CZECH & SLOVAK MUSEUM & LIBRARY

This exhibit includes over 230 of Mucha’s rare works to celebrate the opening of the newly expanded and renovated National Czech & Slovak Museum &Library that now includes a 55-seat auditorium, 400-seat reception hall, 550-square-foot library, 7200-square-foot permanent exhibition hall and three galleries!

It’s been over 12 years since an exhibit of this magnitude visited the US from Europe, and is thefirst exhibit of this caliber in the Midwest. Thanks to the Mucha Foundation in Prague and London, Cedar Rapids visitors will see this rare collection of Alphonse Mucha that prospered from the 1880s through 1910. The Foundation will also hold a series of lectures during the exhibition for everyone hungry for more about this world-renown artist.

Alphonse Mucha was born in Moravia, located in the eastern part of the Czech Republic, surrounded by Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria in the center of Europe. Mucha’s fresh, new artistic style became known as the Mucha Style, which then became known as art nouveau, a French phrase meaning new art. Mucha resisted thislabeling, though, insisting his art represented only himself as a Czech artist.

One of the works in the exhibit is Mucha’s 1894 color lithograph of actress Sarah Bernhardt, the work that brought him overnight fame in Paris. Ms. Bernhardt’s fans called her “Divine Sarah,” and Mucha’slitho captured that essence, along with his preference for artwork featuring beautiful women and lush, flowing backgrounds.

While you are visiting this exhibit you can enjoy Cedar Rapids’ best restaurants near the Fairfield Inn & Suites Cedar Rapids and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. Try the Cancun Mexican Restaurant, located across the street from the hotel and featuring authentic Mexican food. You can also dine at one of our well-known chain restaurants like Applebee’s, Texas Roadhouse and Perkins – all restaurants in Cedar Rapids near the hotel and Museum& Library.

For something to do over the holidays that you may never again see in the Midwest, book your hotel rooms in Cedar Rapids at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Cedar Rapids and you will be just six minutes from the Museum & Library.

On Thursday December 20 see Mucha by Moonlight during extended Museum hours from 5 to 8 pm with a cash bar and extended hours at the Museum Store too.

WHEN: through December 31, 2012

WHERE: National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Place SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Website: www.ncsml.org

TIME: Monday – Saturday: 10am to 5 pm; Sunday noon to 4pm

ADMISSION: Members free, Adults $12, Seniors $10, Active Military & 13+ Students $5, 6-12 $3, 5 and under free

DISTANCE: six minutes from http://www.fairfieldinnhotelcedarrapids.com

You can reserve your hotel rooms to call on 800-720-5063 or Book online via visit our website.

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4 Responses to Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveau 2012

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  2. Vonda Reinart says:

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  3. Oakley Gascan says:

    Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveau 2012

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