Mucha family takes legal steps against City of Prague

07-06-2010

The late Czech painter Alfons Mucha’s family has filed a temporary restraining order to prevent that the painter’s masterpiece, the Slav Epic, being moved to Prague’s Veletržní Palác. The Mucha family and the Mucha foundation oppose the move of the 20-canvass work on grounds that it is merely a temporary solution. The city of Prague, which owns the Slav Epic, has said the move is due to the bad condition of Moravský Krumlov castle, where the work is currently on display. Alfons Mucha donated the gigantic Slav Epic, among the Czech nation’s best known and most recognizable pieces of art, to Prague, on the condition that the city’s authorities house it in an appropriate space. However, this has not happened to date.