About The Gallery
Today, MK FINE ART privately exhibits works by artists Marc Chagall, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Mary Cassatt, Joan Miró, Joan Mitchell, Fernand Léger, Wassily Kandinsky, Andy Warhol, Frank Auerbach, Keith Haring, Donald Judd, Rene Magritte, David Hockney, Jean Dubuffet, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and many others.
MK Fine Art has built several major private collections in the United States and Europe that could rival many art museums.
Mirek and Alvin’s combined experience ranges in many different professional areas of expertise including their personal tastes and aesthetics, collecting, appraisal, educating clients/collectors and fine art investment opportunities.
If you have any artwork by Marc Chagall or would like advice on the artist or would like us to put you in touch with the Comité Chagall in Paris for authentication purposes or would like to buy or sell any of the artists mentioned above. Please contact us anytime.
We can conduct business in English, Spanish, French, Czech, Slovak, Russian, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese.
ABOUT THE OWNER
Miroslav ‘Mirek Klabal’ was born in Přerov in the Olomouc Region of Czechoslovakia right at the end of WWII. He was always interested in art even at a young age.
Torn between art and science and his love for animals, Mirek attended veterinarian school in Brno, The second largest city in the Czech Republic.
He escaped from Czechoslovakia in 1968 during the crushing Soviet and Warsaw Pact Communist invasions of Eastern Europe.
Mirek or Miroslav Klabal along with approximately 11,000 other Czech refugees fled through Austria eventually ending up in Toronto, Canada and finally in New York City.
Newly immigrated, alone and unable to communicate in English, Mirek could only communicate with the other Czech refugees who he escaped with. One of them was an artist named Jaroslav Hovadik. Jaroslav taught Mirek about the local artists in Canada and in Europe as well as the United States. He also taught Mirek everything he know about all the different print making processes and techniques like lithography, linoleum block printing, etching, etc.
Mirek started a small business for himself selling Hovadik’s prints under the modest acronym I. G. P. ‘I. G.ot P.ictures’.
In 1972 Mirek visited Barcelona Spain and befriended Sala Gaspar, Joan Miro’s dealer at the time. It was during this trip that Miro was working on his Barcelona series. After meeting Miro and Sala Gaspar Mirek traveled to Paris and met Heinz Bergruen and Galerie Maeght.
After this trip, he began dealing with prints by Antoni Clavé, Antoni Tàpies, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
In the mid-seventies, Mirek moved to the Midwest to open his first gallery between Downtown and Uptown Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Mirek moved to New York City and also Greenwich, CT during the late 80s and 90s when he began dealing in postwar and contemporary art selling and exhibiting artists like Andy Warhol, David Hockney, Frank Stella, Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein, De-Kooning, James Rosenquist, Sam Francis, and other Pop artists and Abstract-expressionists who were popular at the time but hadn’t yet reached the multi-million-dollar level that their works sell for today.
In 2000, Mirek began dealing with original paintings and gouaches from Marc Chagall’s estate after befriending Swiss businessman, Jean-Francois Gobbi.
During his forty-seven-year career Mirek has sold over 150 works by the artist and is considered an expert on Marc Chagall in the United States.