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KANTO

‘Alphonse Mucha: An Insight into the Artist’

MORI ARTS CENTER GALLERY

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

During the late 19th century, Czech decorative designer and painter Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) became popular for his detailed and ornate designs that often depicted beautiful women in neoclassical attire. His style stood out from his contemporaries and later became known as Art Nouveau, establishing an entire movement.

A staunch nationalist, Mucha devoted himself to helping the poor and supported Czechslovakian independence, which was won after World War I. While showcasing some of Mucha’s best-known Art Nouveau works, this exhibition explores the lesser known political aspect of his career. A total of 240 works will be on display; March 9-May 19.

Mori Arts Center Gallery; (03) 5405-8686; 52F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo; Roppongi Station, Hibiya Line. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Tue. till 5 p.m.). ¥1,500. Closed on April 25.
This exhibition travels to The Museum of Art, Ehime, from Oct. 26-Jan. 5. For more details, visitwww.ntv.co.jp/mucha/eng.