Date: June 12 – July 31, 2015
Time: Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Address: Maya Polsky Gallery, 215 West Superior Street #1E, Chicago, IL 60654
Details: Event Website
Curator: Rolf Achilles
Alphonse Mucha, one of the greatest Czech artists, will be featured in this exhibition both as an artist and as an inspiration for his granddaughter’s work in glass, jewelry and sculpture. A selection of Mucha’s legendary Art Nouveau posters will be on display. The never-before-seen exhibit will also highlight Mucha’s significant presence in Chicago. At the invitation of his patron, Chicago philanthropist Charles R. Crane, Mucha lived, taught, and worked here. Five large-scale paintings from Mucha’s monumental work, The Slav Epic, sponsored by Crane were on display at the Art Institute in 1920 to great critical and public acclaim. Mucha’s depiction of Crane’s daughter Josephine as the goddess Slavia was featured on the 100-crown note of the Republic of Czechoslovakia that will also be a part of the exhibit.
Mucha’s granddaughter, Jarmila Mucha Plocková, relied in her work on a printed collection of Mucha’s designs known as the Documents Décoratif and on his conceptions for a jewelry boutique in Paris. She first re-created Mucha’s works while remaining faithful to the originals, and then she used her grandfather’s work as an inspiration for her own art. By participating in the exhibition, she pays tribute to her grandfather in the city of such significance for his career. The exhibit will include two sculptures titled, Nature, that she re-created from the originals made by her grandfather in cooperation with Prague sculptor Peter Nižňanský. The sculptures will be displayed during Prague Days for the first time. Both sculptors will be present.
Rolf Achilles is the curator of the exhibit. The project is co-organized by the Maya Polsky Gallery. It was made possible thanks to the support of Maya Polsky, Richard and Inese Driehaus and The Archive of Czech Exile Art of Míla and Jaroslav Kynčl.
Founded in 1989, Maya Polsky Gallery represents international contemporary artists, both established and emerging, who shape, inform and challenge ideas of contemporary art through an ongoing dialogue. We exhibit and promote works that take a multidisciplinary approach to exploring issues of environment, gender identity, historical trajectory and narrative, and share a commitment to the critical power of figurative art.