Exhibition of Alfons Maria Mucha’s Digital Works to be Held in Summer 2022

22.February.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

iMUCHA IMMERSIVE EXHIBITION, the world’s first exhibition of Bohemian and Czech painter Alfons Maria Mucha’s works as digital art, will be held at Pacifico Yokohama in the summer of 2022. Guests will be able to immerse themselves completely in the world of his incredible art accompanied by music.

 

Mucha was a large part of the Art Nouveau movement, and his works are very popular in Japan for their delicate and refined depiction of feminine beauty and colorful patterns. In 2017, the artist’s large-scale work ‘The Slav Epic’ was put on display in Japan for the first time and attracted 650,000 visitors.



The fusion of cutting-edge digital art technology and sweeping orchestral music will bring Mucha’s works to life this summer. Produced by iMUCHA Production, a multimedia production team based in Mucha’s homeland of the Czech Republic, the exhibition will tour the world after it stops in Yokohama.



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