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. As the only auction house and gallery in the Czech Republic, it provides a lifetime guarantee of authenticity for sold artworks. The auction house mediates professional consultations and expertises by renowned experts also restoration or framing of paintings. 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. In 2011, we prepared and published in cooperation with the National Gallery Belvedere in Vienna, the National Gallery in Prague, the copyright holder of the painter Adagp Paris and Konig books London the first comprehensive list of oil paintings by František Kupka.
In June 2017, in the town of Opočno, which is the birthplace of the famous painter František Kupka, a festive revelation of the painter's monument took place. Bust of the monument was given by Vladimír Lekeš, the owner of Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery, and George Waldes (the oldest son of the famous collector, the patron of art and the factoryman Jindrich Waldes, Jindřich Waldes was also closest friend and main supporter František Kupka). In September 2017, a festive revelation of an identical monument was held in the French city of Puteaux, symbolically linking it with Opočno. The town of Puteaux, located on the left bank of the Seine near Paris, where František Kupka spent most of his life and where he also died, signed a partnership agreement with Opočno already in 2010.
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, Emil Gilels and Guy Flandre.
In 2020 we handed over the most expensive painting of Czech auctions ever over to the Leopold Museum in Vienna. Oskar Kokoschka's top painting “Prague - View from the Monastery of the Cross”, which was auctioned at the October Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery in Prague for a record CZK 78.5 million and became the most expensive piece of art on the Czech auction market was exhibited at the Leopold museum. According to the director of the Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery Vladimír Lekeš, this prestigious museum, which houses the finest collection of paintings by Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele in the world, showed great interest in this magnificent work. Their efforts culminated in a long-term loan that will undoubtedly attract the attention of many visitors both from Austria and abroad. Because of this work, they were even willing to rebuild their permanent exhibition at the Leopold Museum. The picture was personally taken over on 21 January 2020 by Dr. Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Director of the Leopold Museum in Vienna, attended by many distinguished guests from the field of culture and also the Czech Ambassador to Vienna, Mrs. Ivana Červenková.
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.