Painted by beloved master artist Alphonse Mucha between the years 1910 and 1928, the 20 canvas cycle depicting the mythology of Czech and Slavic peoples is yet to find a permanent home. However, a recent debate of the subject let to Prague politicians lending the famous works to Moravský Krumlov for the next five years. Mayor of Prague Zdeněk Hřib, along with the painter’s grandson and the mayor of Moravský Krumlov, lobbied the city council for three hours, urging the cycle return to Moravský Krumlov until a permanent and appropriate solution be found.
Housing the Epic has been a debate since the painter first gifted the cycle to Prague. The cycle was housed in the Moravian-Krumlov castle since the 1950s, until 2012 when, with much controversy, was moved to Veletržní Palace. It remained on display for four years, with short exhibitions in Brno and Chateau Zbraslav, as well as a tour of Asia. A proposed permanent exhibition space in Prague, dubbed the “Golden Egg” was rejected in early September.
Visitors will again be able to view the Epic at the Moravský Krumlov Castle beginning next summer.