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El Art Nouveau de Mucha en Madrid

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Alphonse Mucha en Madrid

You are in luck this autumn if you are a fan of Art Nouveau. The Palacio de Gaviria in Madrid is holding an interesting exhibit on the Czech artist, Alphonse Mucha, considered the creator of the Art Nouveau movement. From October 12th to February 25th, you can enjoy over 200 works by the emblematic artist, in a selection organized by Arthemisia with the collaboration of the Mucha Foundation. Visiting hours from Sunday to Thursday are 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday the hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The enclave chosen in Madrid to host this exhibit is the 19th century palace built for the Marquis of Gaviria and inaugurated by Queen Isabella II. The palace, located on Calle Arenal, very close to the Puerta del Sol, is one of the most ostentatious buildings of the time. Its design was inspired by Italian renaissance palaces and has been declared a Bien de Interés Cultural (Heritage of Cultural Interest).

The works of Alphonse Mucha

Did you know that Mucha was not just a painter? He was also a well-known decorative artist and a jewelry designer. The protagonists of this prolific artist’s works are sensual women with neoclassical dresses, flowers and jewels, framed in filigree, characteristic of the Art Nouveau movement. The artist used many of these images in advertising posters, making him quite famous in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century.

The following pieces on display as part of the exhibit are of particular note:

– Paintings, such as Self Portrait and France Embraces Bohemia.

Posters, such as La Princesse Lointaine.

– Triptychs, such as the study for The Age of Wisdom.

Decorative designs.

– Jewelry.

– Drawings for the Boutique Fouquet.

The Mucha exhibit has turned Madrid’s center into a meeting point for the culture and art of this multifaceted artist and thinker, bestowing upon the capital works that wonderfully represent the values of Art Nouveau.

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