The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester will present the exhibition “Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau” from Oct. 13 to Jan. 19, 2020.
Mucha (1860-1939) was an artist of the decorative style known as French art nouveau. His portrayals of elegant women, as well as elaborate use of color and ornament, shaped the aesthetics of the era.
“Mucha” presents over 70 works ranging from rare original lithographs, drawings and books to portfolios and ephemera. Through reproduction techniques of his time, Mucha’s work reached a broad public and attained popularity. His compositions became known as the “style Mucha” and embodied the artistic decorative endeavors around the turn of the 20th century.
This traveling exhibition was curated by Gabriel Weisberg, professor of art history at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. It is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue that includes an essay by Weisberg, and essays, texts and photographs from the Mucha Foundation.
“Mucha’s ability to understand the major creative themes of the day, to use them in the most original ways possible and to create works of art that remain seductive for future generations is truly his great triumph,” Weisberg said.
The exhibition objects are drawn from the Dhawan Collection. The MAG display includes loans from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a private collector.
“MAG’s ‘Mucha’ exhibition and its related programming are a wonderful opportunity for the Rochester community to explore the beautiful and complex work of this artist, who continually sought to remove the boundaries between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art,” said Nancy Norwood, MAG curator of European art.
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