Prague – Prague can continue to negotiate with the Crestyl company about the placement of Alphonse Mucha’s Slavic epic in the Savarin Palace on Wenceslas Square. The municipal court accepted her appeal and annulled the preliminary measure of the circuit court, which prohibited Prague from signing a contract with Crestyle. Deputy Mayor Jiří Pospíšil told ČTK today (TOP 09). The cycle consists of 20 large canvases, which Mucha painted for 18 years starting in 1910.
“I am glad that the Municipal Court in Prague accepted our appeal and annulled the preliminary measure of the District Court for Prague 1, which limited Prague’s right to freely dispose of Alfons Mucha’s work – The Slavic Epic. Nothing prevents Prague from continuing to discuss the permanent placement of this works in Prague,” stated Pospíšil.
The epic has been accompanied by disputes over its ownership for many years. While the painter’s relative John Mucha withdrew the lawsuit after years after an agreement with the municipality last year, the second heir Jarmila Mucha Plocková filed her own lawsuit to determine the owner. According to her, the agreement with John Mucha is disadvantageous for the city and, in particular, does not definitively resolve the issue of ownership of the epic. As a preliminary measure, she demanded that Prague not be allowed to enter into a contract with Crestyle until the court has decided on her lawsuit in the matter of ownership.
The city has previously announced that if the court upholds it in the appeal against the preliminary injunction and cancels it, it will continue to negotiate with Crestyle about the temporary lease of Savarin. In case of rejection, according to Pospíšil, Prague was ready to sue.
Upon completion, Mucha donated the work to Prague with the condition that he build a worthy exhibition space for it, he did not set a date. Now the canvases are in the castle in Moravský Krumlov, the loan until 2026 was approved by Prague representatives the year before.