Czech-born Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) was one of the most celebrated artists in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. As an influential force behind the art nouveau movement, he created sumptuous posters and advertising—promoting such everyday products as cigarette papers and tea biscuits—that transformed the streets of Paris into open-air art exhibitions. Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary celebrates the Mucha Trust Collection’s first major U.S. tour in 20 years, featuring a vast array of posters, illustrations, ornamental objects, and rarely seen sculpture, photographs, and self-portraits. Additional works from the NCMA’s collection highlight the American interpretation of the European aesthetics that influenced Mucha as well as his close friendship with French sculptor Auguste Rodin.
Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary is co-organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Mucha Foundation, Prague.
In Raleigh additional support for this exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.
The NCMA would like to thank our Supporting Sponsors:
Lisa and Michael Sandman
And our Exhibition Leadership Committee:
Laura and David Brody
Teresa and Ted Chandler
Cheryl and Charles Hall
Kristin and John Replogle
Peggy Wilks and Don Davis
Plan Your Visit
October 23, 2021–January 23, 2022
Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
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- Frequent deep cleanings of the Museum and high-touch areas, including doors and restrooms
- Hand-sanitizing stations throughout galleries and restrooms
- Visitor parking is free and available in the Blue Ridge lots.
- Visitors can be dropped off in the Plaza between East and West buildings.
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- For questions about accommodations for individuals with disabilities, please contact Felicia Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Photography is permitted unless otherwise noted.
In Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary, you will find various interactive components. We invite you to “Design Like Mucha” at the digital drawing station and show us what you might advertise. At the Modern Beauty response station, tell us what you believe beauty is today. Watch a video of Mucha at work in the 1920s. Experience an immersive installation of the artist’s series of large works titled The Slav Epic while listening to music composed by his accomplished daughter-in-law, Geraldine Mucha.
Ticket prices with taxes and fees:
- $23.60 Adults
- $20.38 Seniors, military, and college students with ID
- $17.16 Youth ages 7–18
- FREE for member’s first visit; subsequent visits 50% off
- Free entry with college ID Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 3–5 pm (Please note: capacity is very limited, and tickets must be reserved in advance.)
Please note: children 2 and under do not require tickets.
The richly illustrated catalogue Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary is available for purchase at the Museum Store. It includes more than 100 objects from the Mucha Trust Collection as well as six works from the NCMA collection. The catalogue features new research into the art and times of Mucha and his contemporaries, showcasing the complexity of artistic production around the turn of the 20th century.
By Tomoko Sato and Michele L. Frederick
Soft cover, full color
Visit the Exhibition Store directly in front of Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary to extend your art nouveau experience. Browse unique products and gifts with a focus on sumptuous ornament created by artisans from across North Carolina who are inspired by Mucha’s beautiful designs. Exclusive offerings include wall art, jewelry, candles, and books. Plaza-side pickup and shipping are available. Contact email@example.com with requests or questions.
To celebrate the upcoming Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary exhibition opening October 23, the NCMA commissioned three North Carolina–based artists to reinterpret Mucha’s iconic art nouveau works from the turn of the 20th century. These reinterpretations explore contemporary definitions of beauty and widened cultural representation. The juxtaposition of the new designs and well-known Mucha images are intended to spark conversation about the art historical canon.
The three commissions are by Lumbee artist Alisha Locklear Monroe, an art teacher and former employee of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian at UNC Pembroke; painter and muralist Tori “FNoRD” Carpenter, who has shown her work statewide and is a disabled artist working with Arts Access, a group the NCMA collaborates with to make the Museum more accessible; and Lakeshia T. Reid, a Black painter who is the owner of 311 Gallery and has been in exhibitions in the National Humanities Center and Shaw University through partnerships with VAE Raleigh.
These posters are featured in the exhibition gallery at the NCMA as well as in installations in North Hills and at the Citrix office building across from Morgan Street Food Hall at West and Hargett streets. Stay tuned for details on a November 5 First Friday event at the Citrix display featuring an artist meet and greet and poster giveaway.
Lakeshia T. Reid, Healing in a Weeping Place, 2021, oil on canvas, Courtesy of the artist
Alisha Locklear Monroe, Blessings, 2021, acrylic, marker, coloring pencil, and pastels on paper, Courtesy of the artist
FNoRD, La Beauté de la Confiance (The Beauty of Confidence), 2021, watercolor and ink on paper, Courtesy of the artist
Every other year, the NCMA holds a competition for college-student artists from or studying in North Carolina and selects the artwork of three students to be displayed on billboards in the Museum Park. In conjunction with the exhibition Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary, Modern Mucha showcases works that reimagine beauty in the art nouveau style and incorporate more contemporary and open notions of body positivity.
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Listen, Look, and Learn: All about Alphonse Mucha
If you are planning to visit with children, consider listening to our children’s audio tour. The tour takes between 15 and 20 minutes and highlights 15 works of art in the exhibition. It is intended for ages 7+, but all are welcome to explore and learn.
To access the tour, visit our SoundCloud playlist or scan the QR code when you walk into the exhibition gallery.
This tour is spoken by actor Lucy Maniatis.
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607-6494
Visitor parking is free and available in the Blue Ridge lots, on the right after entering the Museum drive. Overflow parking is behind West Building, on the left after entering the Museum drive. Visitor drop-off is located between West and East buildings and can be reached by turning left after entering the Museum drive and following the signs.