Part of Slav Epic to go on display in Prague

13-03-2011

Five paintings from Alphons Mucha’s famous Slav Epic are to go on display at Prague’s Veletržní Palác in April, according to the head of the Prague Municipal Gallery which is now in charge of them. The first five paintings from the 20-piece epic were relocated to Prague a month ago despite protests from the town of Moravský Krumlov which has housed the collection for the last 47 years. The rest are to follow in the autumn. Several months ago, the city of Prague decided to claim its legacy from the Art Nouveau painter despite the fact that it has not yet fulfilled the condition under which Mucha bequeathed the paintings to Prague – that they would be displayed in a pavilion specially built to accommodate them. The Prague Municipal Gallery says the paintings are in very good condition and is awaiting permission to start restoration work expected to last no more than a fortnight.