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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2016 Art and Archives: Mucha and the Prague Botanical Garden including the St. Claire Vineyard

We enjoyed a guided tour at the Mucha Museum housed in the Baroque Kaunicky Palace. AlphonseMucha (1860-1939) was one of the most celebrated artists of the Art Nouveau period. 
We got an extensive overview of the artistic work of Mucha with special attention to his time in Paris (1887-1904), internationally the most celebrated period of his work. We saw the original paintings for the set of posters from this period, including the most important made for Sarah Bernhardt. A set of his characteristic decorative panels and a number of examples from Documents D√©coratifs (1902) give an idea of Mucha´s conception of Art Nouveau. We also saw his Parisian sketchbooks, never exhibited before. We also saw a large selection of the photos of Mucha’s family and models for the posters. Photography was not allowed. 
After that we stopped by the Municipal building which is completely decorated by A. Mucha. You can see pictures of that here.
The afternoon was spent at the Prague Botanical Garden. We got an exceptional tour arranged by the horticulture and education department 

Finally before leaving we had some refreshments at the Gardens' vineyard. The vineyard was founded most probably during the reign of King Vaclav II (1278–1305). and has a beautiful view of the Moldau river and Prague. The vineyard produces some 40 different types of table grapes and as many types of vine grapes.


We were able to taste three different white vines, one rose and one red vine after the tasty cold cuts and bread.
For more pictures, please click here.