The acclaimed and popular exhibition "Alphonse Mucha" recently broke records in Paris, where it attracted 342,040 ticketed visitors to the Musee du Luxembourg - the Museum's highest attendance figures for a temporary exhibition since 2011. Thanks to the success of this exhibition, the Musee du Luxembourg has seen a 42% year on year increase in visitors.
Critical responses to the exhibition were also hugely favorable, with important media outlets both in France and around the world listing the exhibition as a "must see".
Curated by the Mucha Foundation's Tomoko Sato, the exhibition exploded outdated notions of who Mucha was, showing works seldom seen before to demonstrate the full artistic and philosophical range of his achievement. Containing about 250 works, the exhibition includes posters, drawings, paintings, decorative works, jewelry, sculpture as well as books and photographs.
The six sections of the exhibition highlighted six facets of Mucha’s personality: Bohemian; picture maker for people; cosmopolitan; mystic; patriot and philosopher. Through these aspects, the exhibition looks at the development of Mucha both as an artist and as a man, living through one of the most turbulent times in European history - with lessons that continue to be relevant today.