Art Nouveau conquers China with a large exhibition dedicated to Alfons Mucha at the National Center for the Performing Arts. Paintings, posters, illustrated books, decorative panels and photos for a total of almost 250 works, present the public to the Czech artist who drew images of Europe’s Belle Époque. His versatile talent shines through, worthy of everything from banknotes to jewellery, from interior design to the national emblem (a white lion) of the Czech Republic. But also the value of an art for everybody, democratic in as much as it is reproducible, bringing beauty into the streets and coffeeshops, in cultural destinations as much as in those of commerce. Among the icons to be admired in this itinerary, the famous poster of Gismonda, created for a show by Sarah Bernhardt, and the advertising poster Job, considered one of Mucha’s masterpieces, as well as the series of paintings Les Fleurs, The Times of the Day, The Precious Stones. And to finish, a rarity never seen on display before - the silver salt photos by the artist, a grand enthusiast of the camera oscura.
The major transmutation of a decorative material into a seductive status symbol in the hands of the Swiss artist