Carl Kostyál opened his eponymous gallery at no. 12A Savile Row, London W1 in 2010 after a decade of private dealing and advising. He launched his first Stockholm space, Isbrytaren, at Igeldammsgatan 20, Stockholm in 2013 and in 2016 moved to the former German Embassy at Artellerigatan.
In May 2021 the gallery opened its new home, Hospitalet, in the 18th century mental asylum formerly known as Danvikens Hospital in Nacka, in collaboration with Gullringsbo Konstsamling. The space was launched with ‘Stockholm Sessions’, an ambitious international survey show of painting featuring over fifty artists.
Well-known for identifying and supporting emerging artists early on in their careers, the gallery has staged the first major European exhibitions of Gina Beavers, Ana Benaroya, Jonathan Binet, Mike Bouchet, Canyon Castator, Peter Coffin, Petra Cortright, Sara Cwynar, Alex Da Corte, Mandy El-Sayegh, Oli Epp, Ryan Estep, Claire Fontaine, Ed Fornelies, Al Freeman, Alex Gardner, Justin John Greene, Henry Gunderson, Alexander Guy, Charles Harlan, Yu Honglei, Henry Hudson, Alex Israel, Arghavan Khosravi, Basil Kincaid, Austin Lee, Helen Marten, Rebecca Ness, Oliver Osborne, David Ostrowski, Jon Rafman, Li Shurui, Gedi Sibony, Timur Si Qin, Emma Stern, Artie Vierkant, Emma Webster, Austyn Weiner, Jon Young, Wang Yuyang and Zhao Zhao, among many others, and has presented exhibitions of long-established artists Imre Bak, Tibor Gayor, Dóra Maurer, John Millei, Peter Schuyff, and Jan Ziemski.
In addition to the gallery’s London and Stockholm programme, Carl Kostyál commissions artist projects at his home in Milan, runs two invitational artist residency programmes each year at Fontana di Vita in Matera, Basilicata and at Mohilef Studios in Los Angeles in collaboration with artist Canyon Castator and hosts an invitational Draw Jam each summer in the south of Italy, where over twenty artists from all over the world are invited to spend time together and draw, culminating in an exhibition where the works are sold for charity, all activities which allow important friendships and artistic collaborations to develop and flourish.