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Tokyo gallery to borrow Slav Epic

28 November 2012

Prague, Nov 27 (CTK) - The Prague City Hall yesterday nodded to the loan of the Slav Epic monumental cycle by Czech Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha to Japan for an exhibition in Tokyo in 2017.

The export of the historical cycle of 20 large-scale paintings still needs to be approved by the Czech Culture Ministry.

The cycle, depicting the dawn of the history of Slavs, is part of the Czech cultural heritage and experts consider it priceless.

One of the conditions of the loan is that the work be insured for 50 million euros. The Japanese borrower is to also cover the transport and possible restoration costs, or about 100,000 euros in total.

Mucha's work is to be abroad maximally three and a half months. The exhibition is to take place in The National Art Centre in Tokyo from January 7 to April 3, 2017.

According to the Prague City Council, Mucha's art cycle would promote Prague abroad.

Mucha's work is popular in Japan.

The Prague City Hall also considers lending the Slav Epic for exhibitions in Chicago and Paris.

The Slav Epic is currently exhibited in Veletrzni palac in Prague, a building of the National Gallery. The Prague Municipal Gallery that is the administrator of the cycle has not yet decided on its permanent exhibition.

In 2011, the Slav Epic was moved from the chateau in Moravsky Krumlov, south Moravia, where it had been for several decades.

Prague considers the cycle its property since Mucha gave it to the capital on condition it builds a new pavilion for it. The Mucha family claims that the donation is not legally effective as Prague has not met this condition. Prague has been in dispute with Moravsky Krumlov over the work.

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