Alphonse Mucha Reverie 1898 (detail) © Mucha Trust 2024

Alphonse Mucha: Spirit of Art Nouveau at the Gallery New South Wales

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01 Jul 2024

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Alphonse Mucha: Spirit of Art Nouveau

A Dazzling Journey into the Heart of Art Nouveau at Art Gallery New South Wales

Dive into the mesmerizing world of Alphonse Mucha, one of art’s great stylistic innovators, with the most comprehensive exhibition of his work ever seen in Australia. From June 15 to September 22, 2024, the Art Gallery of New South Wales presents ‘Alphonse Mucha: Spirit of Art Nouveau’ in the Naala Badu, North Building, Lower Level 2.


An Unprecedented Immersion in the Work of a Visionary

Known for his seductive, sinuous compositions, Mucha (1860-1939) created a visual language that defined the look of late 19th-century Paris, embodying the very spirit of art nouveau. This exhibition, realized in close cooperation with the Mucha Foundation in Prague, draws from the Mucha Family Collection. It brings together over 200 works, including illustrations, jewelry, interior decorations, photographs, and more, revealing an artist and designer whose powerful influence continues to resonate today.


A Journey Through an Extraordinary Life

Once hailed as ‘the greatest decorative artist in the world,’ Mucha rocketed to fame with the posters he created for legendary actress and international superstar Sarah Bernhardt. He gained global recognition through advertising and product design, taking his first steps toward the democratization of art that he so passionately desired.

The exhibition traces Mucha’s journey from his humble beginnings in Moravia (present-day Czech Republic) to his breakthrough in Paris during the belle époque, and his later years dedicated to championing the Slavic peoples.


Historical Art at Naala Badu

‘Alphonse Mucha: Spirit of Art Nouveau’ is presented as the first exhibition of historical art in the Naala Badu. Co-curated by Tomoko Sato, curator of the Mucha Foundation, and Jackie Dunn, senior curator of exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, this exhibition is a must-see for art lovers and history enthusiasts alike.


Tickets and Special Offers

Tickets for entry start at $35 for adults, with discounts available for concessions and groups. Hot tip: score two-for-one tickets on Wednesday evenings between 5–10 pm, when the gallery is open late. Grab your tickets here.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore the work of a visionary artist whose legacy continues to inspire and enchant.

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