Humphries Kirk are proud sponsors of the ‘Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty’ Exhibition at the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth
Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty will explore Mucha’s idea of beauty – the core principle underlying his artistic philosophy. Featuring works mainly from Mucha’s Paris period, the exhibition will examine how Mucha’s distinctive style, popularly known as ‘le style Mucha’ in Paris, evolved and became synonymous with the international Art Nouveau style. The exhibition will also look at how his artistic philosophy is reflected on the development of his work beyond the ‘Art Nouveau’ period, with examples of works produced after his return to the Czech lands in 1910.
The exhibition will make links between Mucha’s work and philosophy and the Art Nouveau environment and Aesthetic collection of the Russell-Cotes Museum. Sir Merton Russell-Cotes’s Bournemouth residence, built in the ‘Art Nouveau’ style as a home for his Japanese and High Victorian art collections, is an expression of the ‘cult of beauty’ – a notion celebrated by followers of the Aesthetic Movement in Britain. It will provide a fascinating spiritual backdrop to Mucha’s art.