Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery, founded in 2009, is an art gallery and auction house specialising in the sale of high quality paintings, sculptures and design works of the higher price bracket. Ever since its establishment, ALAG has played an active part in organising art exhibitions and in publishing. We closely co-operate with the National Gallery in Prague, Moravian Gallery in Brno, The Gallery of Fine Art Ostrava and the Austrian National Gallery in Vienna. In 2010, Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery loaned Moravian Ostrau II, the famous painting by Oskar Kokoschka, to the town of Ostrau. In 2011, Frank Kupka’s Lines, Planes, Depth II dated 1913 was loaned to the Gallery Belvedere in Austria. The same year, Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery also signed a contract with the National Gallery in Prague, agreeing to jointly publish an updated catalogue raisonné of Frantisek Kupka’s oil paintings.
In October 2012, we have donated the unique bust of Frantisek Kupka to the Czech Republic. The bust will become part of Kupka’s funerary monument in Paris. Frantisek Kupka completed the bust with the sculptor Jan B.K. Vlach. The painter presented the work as a gift to his close friend Jindrich Waldes.
Since 2009, ALAG has been the first Czech auction house to regularly organise Evening Sales of works of art. These unique auctions always belong among the art events of the year in the Czech Republic, and it is here where all the Czech auction records, and some of the world auction records, had been broken. Our successful sale rate has been 95%. It is above all due to the Director’s close contact with Czech and foreign restituents, art collectors, private and state institutions, funds and museums, that the company has been able to achieve such successful results. Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery Director Vladimír Lekeš is the only Czech art expert noted in the prestigious and world renowned ‘Guide international des experts et spécialistes’ published in France.
ALAG further represents the owners of the most important Czech private art collections. The company had been entrusted by George Waldes, the heir of the industrialist Jindrich Waldes, with the sale of the most precious artworks belonging to the Waldes family, both in Czech Republic and United States. We have also been representing the families of Prof. Vincenc Kramář, Dr.František Čeřovský, Prof. Václav Holzknecht, Emil Filla, Jan Zrzavý, Antonín Pelc etc. and collectors from the United States, United Kingdom and France, including Hugo Polak, Bernard Galateau and Guy Flandre.
The company resides in Prague’s Josefov, in the unique and original Richard Hirsch’s apartment designed in 1927 by the pioneer of the twentieth century modern architecture Adolf Loos (1870-1933). The devastated apartment was rediscovered in Pilsen in 1988, and had been consequently saved, carefully restored and re-installed in the heart of Prague. In 2014 the apartment joined the prestigeous international network of architectural designs Iconic Houses. Ever since, new unique and original works of art designed by Adolf Loos have been added to the collection, including a famous 1912 sitting set from Villa Rosenfeld, comprising four chairs and a table with a marble board. Once, the family friend Sigmund Freud, as well as Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele, used to sit on these chairs. Other additions to the collection range from an original clock from Villa Strasser, a 1923 wardrobe from the menswear department store Leschka & Co., a smoking set, to one of the first Lobmeyr glasses (designed for the architect Paul Engelmann) and two Knieschwimmer armchairs (F.O.Schmidt from 1910, and UP Werke from 1932). Recently, Professor Burkhardt Rukschcio, one of the world’s most important and renowned experts on the work of Adolf Loos, has finished a book dedicated to this architectonic treasure.
Recently, the apartment has been successfully introduced to the public at the Adolf Loos Season exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. Our company has been positively reviewed by worldwide media, including The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times, Independent and The Observer. In 2014 the apartment joined the prestigeous international network of architectural designs Iconic Houses.