Prague, the heart of Europe, is on the brink of a historic agreement as the city’s municipal court has given the nod to continue discussions with property developer Crestyl. The talks concern the potential display of Alfons Mucha’s Slavic Epic at the Savarin Palace on Wenceslas Square. This series of 20 large-scale paintings created by Mucha over an 18-year period is a monumental tribute to Slavic history and mythology.
Municipal Court Lifts the Legal Hurdle
The court’s decision overturned a preliminary injunction that had previously halted the city from negotiating the contract. This injunction was a result of a long-standing ownership dispute involving the Mucha family, a saga that has seen several legal actions in the past. The latest hurdle was successfully overcome when the Municipal Court accepted the appeal from Prague’s authorities, thus paving the way for contract discussions with Crestyl for the artwork’s temporary lease.
Ownership Disputes and Settlements
John Mucha and Jarmila Mucha Plocková, family members of the renowned Art Nouveau artist, were at the forefront of the ownership challenges. John Mucha withdrew his lawsuit following a settlement with the municipality, while Jarmila Mucha Plocková continued her legal battle to assert her ownership rights. The court’s ruling means that the city is now ready to negotiate and is prepared for litigation if necessary.
Current Home and Future Plans
The Slav Epic, valued at an estimated 280 million CZK in insurance terms, is currently exhibited at the Moravsk Krumlov chateau in south Moravia. Prague Deputy Mayor Jiř Pospil has announced that the city is ready to negotiate. This potential move could bring Mucha’s masterpiece to Prague, a move that art enthusiasts and historians have long awaited. Mucha, who passed away in 1939, is revered for his contributions to the Art Nouveau movement and the Slavic Epic stands as a testament to his artistic vision.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn