Timeless Mucha: The Magic of Line

The Mucha Foundation and the Guardian Art Center (Beijing) are showing the largest retrospective of Alphonse Mucha (1899-1900) in Beijing and Shanghai. The exhibition Timeless Mucha: The Magic of Line celebrates the unique style of an artist considered the first advertising artist and the legacy he left to comic book and manga illustrators over the past 60 years through about 300 artworks.

Through almost 300 works, the exhibition traces the career of Mucha (1860-1939), from Paris where he acquired international fame as an illustrator, to the pre-war Czechoslovak Republic where he participated in the revival of the pre-war Slavic art. The exhibition also presents the artist’s influence on illustration and popular visual culture, from 1960s psychedelia to today’s manga.

Curated by the Mucha Foundation and produced by Doors门艺, the exhibition is currently on view at the Meet You Museum (Shanghai) after a first step at the Guardian Art Center (Beijing).