April 22, 2016 – July 31, 2016
Open now through July 31, 2016, Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau includes more than 70 original works by the artist many consider the creator of the Art Nouveau style. From 1895 to 1910 Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) was one of the most significant artists in all of Europe. His work became synonymous with the international Art Nouveau style, popularly called “le style Mucha” in Paris. With a focus on the works created during the 1890s, this exhibition shows a creative man exploring possibilities when the emphasis was on defining a new art, fit for the new century. Mucha’s designs for posters, calendars, books and advertising labels circulated widely throughout Europe and America, and his Art Nouveau style dominated visual culture and graphic design for years. Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau includes vintage lithographs, original drawings, paintings, books, advertising ephemera, and more. Works and objects in this exhibition are drawn from the holdings of the Dhawan Collection, Los Angeles, one of the largest and finest collections of Alphonse Mucha’s work in the United States.
Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveu is organized by Landeau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California, and is sponsored at the MSV by WINC 92.5 FM.
Billboard images (above): Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau on view in the MSV, photos by Ron Blunt, and details of the following works by Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939): Cycles Perfecta, 1902, color lithograph on paper; Monaco, Monte-Carlo, 1897, color lithograph on paper; Job, 1896, color lithograph on paper mounted on linen; and Sarah Bernhardt, American Tour, 1895, color lithograph on paper mounted on linen.