Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Noveau


Alas, Little Village readers, I have made a mistake.  I misunderstood the docents at the wonderful Alphonse Mucha exhibit and relayed the wrong information about the exhibit’s final date.  The last day to see this exhibit was Monday, Dec. 31.  I do apologize and regret the error. However, just because Mucha exhibit has left, do not let that stop you from a trip to the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids.

Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) is best known for his illustrations and poster art used as advertisements for shows in Paris. He designed iconic posters for  Moet & Chandon champagne and JOB tobacco, among other products. The famed actress Sarah Bernhardt commissioned Mucha to design the advertising posters for her performances.

But Mucha’s talents extended beyond poster art.  He created designs for jewelry, carpets and wallpaper. What was  deemed the “Mucha Style” became something greater—“Art Nouveau.”

The exhibit is divided into six sections and explores Mucha not just as the father of Art Nouveau, but also Mucha’s Moravian roots, his family, his photography and his devotion to the Slav people. There are over 230 items in the exhibit and Cedar Rapids is the only location in the United States to have Mucha Foundation collection in its entirety.

For those of us in Iowa City, a visit to the National Czech and Slovak Museum also brings hope of the return of the University of Iowa arts campus.  The flood of 2008 nearly destroyed the 1995 building and the collections housed within.   Books and artifacts, including a vast vinyl record collection, were cleaned, repaired and restored by the Chicago Conservation Center and the University of Iowa Libraries’ Conservation Lab.  In 2011 the building, with the help of Expert House Movers from St. Louis, was moved from its location near the Cedar River. The museum and library now sits 480 feet away from the original site and 11 feet higher (three feet above the 2008 Flood level).  This was my first visit to NCSML, but it will not be my last.

Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV »


World of Bikes presents:


Come talk with our experts about ways to stay on the bike this winter! Find out more at World of Bikes.

Get Started

The Future is Unwritten

You look to Little Village for today’s stories. Your sustaining support will help us write tomorrow’s.


$10/mo or $120/year
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.


$20/mo or $240/year
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.


$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW) connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.