The Slav Epic (Slovanská epopej) is a series of twenty monumental canvases (the largest measuring over 6 by 8 metres) depicting the history of the Slav people and civilisation. Czech artist Alfons Mucha (1860 - 1939) conceived it as a monument for all the Slavonic peoples and he devoted the latter half of his artistic career to the realisation of this work.
It was Alfons Mucha’s belief that the main objective of art is the creation of beauty, which he defined as a harmony between the spirit and the body, between the inner and the outer world. He was convinced that good artists strong enough to inspire and unite people who believe in the same ideals, such as peace and natural development of mankind. The exhibition therefore focuses on the idea of love and unity, the central points of Mucha’s art and examines such themes as family, life, beauty and humanity.
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