The Slavic epic arrived at the castle in Moravský Krumlov. Prague lent it there for five years iROZHLAS
The city would like to exhibit the cycle in July, and is preparing a grand opening on September 10.
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The epic was transported from Prague by a truck. The canvases in special boxes were pulled out of the truck by a crane, which moved them through a window into a lock. According to the Third, the canvases will be ready in the coming days. Moravský Krumlov will still decide on the entrance fee, but it assumes that it will be as usual in other castles.
Five years with caution
Prague lent the work to Krumlov for five years on condition that the city renovate the castle. Among the requirements were, for example, the necessary technical equipment, special agreed insurance and the premises had to be equipped with a special fire protection system or security device. The modifications of the chateau cost 58 million, of which 43 million were covered by the state, ten million was given by the region and the rest was paid by the city.
The cycle of paintings consists of 20 large canvases, which Mucha painted from 1910 for another 18 years and dedicated to Prague. The first 11 canvases of the epic were exhibited in the Prague Clementinum in 1919, and from 1920 to 1921 they reaped success at exhibitions in New York and Chicago.
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The whole epic was first exhibited in 1928 in the Trade Fair Palace in Prague and the paintings were managed by the Gallery of the Capital City of Prague. In 1933, the canvases were rolled up and deposited in a depository.
It was not until 1963 that it was exhibited again at the castle in Moravský Krumlov, from where in 2011 the then management of Prague had it taken away. After that, they were in the depository of the Gallery of the Capital City, because Prague has nowhere to exhibit them. After returning to Prague, the work is to be placed in the Savarin building on Wenceslas Square for 25 years.
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