Gallery Kodl is an auction, sale and exhibition hall coming out from more than one hundred year family collecting tradition. It is focused on purchase and sale of paintings, drawings, graphics and sculptures of the Czech fine art of 19th and 20th century in commissions or auctions. Its major priorities are guaranteed sale of works of art and professional approach continued by Mr. Martin Kodl, the fourth youngest member of the family, a graduate from the Charles university and a sworn expert specialised in Czech art of painting of the 19th and 20th century.
Modern history of the company began in 1989 when Martin Kodl and his father as co-organisers organised the first auction in the modern history of enterprising at Prague’s Zofin, at that time under the original name Antikva Nova Kodl. Since 1989 the company has undergone several changes and modifications in connection with its expansion up to the existing form. Of the auction halls originated after the revolution the gallery ranks among those with the longest history and its owner, Mr. Martin Kodl has been active in this branch for almost twenty years.
Gallery Kodl has already organised several successful sales. Among them undoubtedly belongs winning of several first places in the prestigious ranking “TOP 10” of the highest auction prices. In this unofficial competition, still under the name Antikva Nova Kodl, it has won the first place in the year 2000 by selling a painting by Emil Fila “Golden Fish at the Window” for 7,300,000 CZK, which was the highest price of a painting ever reached in Czech auctions and at the same time the highest price of Emil Filla´s paintings sold on world markets. In 2001 the gallery took the second place by selling a painting by Emil Filla “Still Life with a Mandolin” for 3,100,000 CZK and in 2002 it took again the first place by selling a painting by Toyen “Rose Spectrum” for 3,150,000 CZK. Also other precious paintings by Toyen (Marie Cerminova) were successfully auctioned off, eg. her painting “Oasis” for nice 2,900,000 CZK in 2004. Paintings by Frantisek Kupka from the famous Waldes picture gallery were also auctioned off at really high quality. „Steel Drinks “ in 2003 for 4,450,000 CZK and „In the Garden” in 2005 for 4,600,000 CZK; „Female Nude“ was sold for 2,250,000 CZK in the same year. Since it was a pastel painting, the price reached was record breaking. The gallery had represented the Waldes family mentioned above for three years based upon an exclusive contract. Also successfully were sold paintings from the famous Morawetz collection or from no less renowned Preiss painting gallery. At the end of 2006 the gallery achieved a record auction sale of a painting by Jan Zrzavý in the CR by auctioning the „ Wells in Locronan III“ for 5,500,000 CZK. In the following year the Emil Filla´s painting „Blue Still Life “ was auctioned off for 6,950,000 CZK. The highest price was reached by selling a painting by Jindrich Styrsky „Landscape in the Clouds “, which, in 2007, climbed up to 10,250,000 CZK and it has become the author’s most expensive painting sold at Czech auctions.
Twice a year, Gallerry Kodl organises an Auction Day jointly with Auction hall Vltavín taking place in Zofin Palace, on Slovansky island. It also participates in organising benefit auctions with Charta 77 Foundation. In the autumn of 2005 a piano Petrof Opus was sold at the auction organised by Gallery Kodl for 2,810,000 which was credited to the BARIERY Account. It is a record sum on the Czech market for selling a musical instrument. Within the spring auction at the end of March 2008 a special auction of the BARIERY Account took place. A unique book by Josef Vachal “Gabreta dying and romantic”, the starting price of which was 1,200,000 CZK, was auctioned off for 3,100,000 CZK and has become the most expensive book sold on the Czech auctions.
Apart from organising auctions and exhibitions, the gallery also offers a permanent sale exhibition focused on Czech painting of the second half of 19th century and the entire 20th century.
The Gallery Kodl resides at the Lesser Town in newly refurbished premises of The House „U Karla IV. (At Charles IV.)“ with one of the largest exhibitions space in the centre of Prague – of nearly 200m2 floorage – at its disposal. It offers private parking place to its clients. Thanks to really favourable internal layout the gallery also organises exhibitions, eg. in the year 2000 an exhibition “Emil Filla from private collections” took place, in 2001 a sales exhibition „Brno in Prague – paintings of Josef Kubicek, Janus Kubicek and friends “ took place. In the autumn same year a very successful retrospective exhibition of a landscapist, Frantisek Kavan, took place and in 2002 the exhibition of paintings by Otakar Schindler; a year later a sales exhibition of Ladislav Sutnar; in 2004 exhibition „Marák´s school “ took place accompanied with a publication of the authors PhDr. M. Zachar and PhDr. M. Kodl. Since the publication was rapidly sold out, its extended version was published in 2007 on the occasion of the exhibition “Czech impressionism”. In cooperation with Mrs. Helena Spalova an exhibition of the painter Jan Spala, a son of a famous father, was organised in 2005. It followed the no less successful sales exhibition of Karel Vaca in 2004. For the summer months of 2008 the gallery prepared a large retrospective exhibition of the painter Frantisek Ronovsky. Spring and autumnal pre-auction exhibitions are a regular social event. Expert and intellectual supervision over social events has been taken over by the ageless director Jan Kacer with a matter-of-fact top professionalism.
The second business section of the gallery headed by an expert in antiquities, graphics and classical photography, Jaroslav Kamenik, also deals with trading vintage jewellery, glass, china and furniture. The Gallery also closely cooperates with a specialised picture frame making family firm headed by a brother of the gallery owner, Jan Kodl. Upon request it is possible to agree expert consultations, expert opinions and analyses including restoration and chemical analyses of paintings.
If you pay a visit to the parts of Prague under the castle, to Kampa, or the Lesser Town, you are sincerely welcome in our little “Sistine Chapel”. Thank you for your visit and we are looking forward to your next visit.
PhDr. Martin Kodl Doc. Jan Kačer