19 June 2009 - 19 September 2009
This summer the Musée Fabre welcomes the Czech painter Alfons Mucha (1860-1939), one of the most popular Art Nouveau artists. His success in Paris was particularly due to the great Sarah Bernhardt with whom, honour-bound, the exhibition begins; with portraits, costumes and even recordings of her voice.
The European Partnership forged with the Belvedere Palace in Vienna (which houses Gustav Klimt’s celebrated The Kiss) and the Hypo-der-Kulturstiftung Kunsthalle in Munich, offers a new perspective on Mucha’s indefatigable talent and creativity across all genres, formats and techniques.
To mark the occasion, not only will the posters that made his name be shown, but also his magnificent illustrations, jewellery and pastels, enabling us to appreciate the artist’s full genius and power. The exhibition also features two exceptional events: the complete full scale reconstruction of the interior decoration of the Bosnia-Herzegovina pavilion that the artist created for the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris, and the display of two large panels from the l’Epopée Slave (Slav Epic), an enormous work of art totalling almost 1000m2, created to celebrate the Slavic genius at the moment of its independence from Czechoslovakia and, for the first time, showing Mucha’s work on this monumental scale.
Thus, thanks to the artist’s unique personality, it is the whole spirit of an epoch, the Belle Epoch, which is being revived during summertime in Montpellier.