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Lendl's collection of Mucha posters goes on display in Prague

ČTK |
5 April 2013

Prague, April 4 (CTK) - A unique exhibition of almost all posters created by Czech art nouveau painter Alfons Mucha (1860-1939) and now owned by Czech-born former tennis champion Ivan Lendl will open in the Municipal House in Prague on April 9, the organisers told CTK Thursday.

Prague is the first place in the world to present the collection that comprises 116 of the total of 119 posters Mucha ever created. Out of the remaining three, one is considered lost, and the other two are in museums in New York and Hamburg.

After being displayed in Prague, the exhibition will tour world cities.

"The opening ceremony will take place on April 9 in the presence of Lendl's daughter Marika and the collection's curator Jack Rennert, a specialist in artistic posters. Ivan Lendl will visit the exhibition on April 29," the event's spokeswoman Pavlina Stranska told CTK.

Apart from the posters, the exhibition will offer other original artifacts made by Mucha, such as a calendar, postcards, food wrappings and an oil painting, Stranska said.

It took Lendl, former world tennis number one player living in the U.S., three decades to complete the unique collection.

The exhibition will highlight all three periods of Mucha's work on printed posters - the Paris, U.S. and Czech periods, lasting from 1894 to 1935.

The complete collection, including the latest acquisitions, has never been put on display so far. Its artistic value is priceless. Experts say the prices of Mucha's original posters range from 200,000 to one million crowns.

A catalogue and book, along with copies of posters, luxurious scarves and jewelry will be on offer for visitors.

More information about the exhibition is available on www.lendl-mucha.cz.

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