22 Oct - 22 Nov 2004

Suppan Fine Arts celebrates its 30th anniversary with masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries. company anniversary and invites you to the reopening of the gallery in Palais Coburg.

Suppan Fine Arts - this name serves as an umbrella brand - now has a total of 570 square metres of exhibition space since its founding in 1974. The range of activities is spread over three locations: the Gallery at Palais Pallavicini (19th and 20th century Austrian art), Suppan Edition (24 publications since 1981) and Suppan Contemporary (since 1999) at Palais Cavriani (Habsburgergasse 5), as well as the Gallery at Palais Coburg since 1981, where the large special exhibitions take place in addition to the auctions (once or twice a year since 1989). After three decades, Martin Suppan has had more than 70 exhibitions. "55 in the category of 19th and 20th century Austrian art and 17 in the Contemporary section," the 61-year-old sums up.

From the stage to the art trade
Born the son of a lawyer and a violin soloist and art dealer, Martin Suppan had completely different plans until the early 1970s. Between the ages of 10 and 14 he travelled the world as a member of the ensemble of the Vienna Boys' Choir and, after graduating from the humanistic grammar school, began training as an actor and singer. Despite numerous engagements (film, television, stage), the twenty-something worked part-time in his grandfather's art business (Reinhold Entzmann & Sohn) and eventually took over the management of his mother's antiques business (Franz Pichler & Söhne). In 1973 the final decision was made: Martin Suppan rents premises in Palais Cavriani, adapts them and opens his own first gallery location in spring 1974.

Milestones & Masterpieces
The constants of Suppan's career include participation in important trade fair events, lively exhibition activity and the constant, time-consuming hunt for quality works of art. In view of the imminent general renovation of Palais Coburg, Martin Suppan expanded his two locations in 1999 with the gallery in Palais Pallavicini.
The year 2004 is in many ways a typical one for the art dealer: in 1987 he had paid his first tribute to the Wachau, its artists and motifs with an exhibition and accompanying publication. The response at the time was great, the catalogue was soon out of print, and so Martin Suppan took up the theme again this year: with the trilogy "Paradise Wachau - picturesque world cultural heritage" (film, exhibition, book). At the same time, he is also renovating the premises of his gallery in Palais Coburg - just in time for the company's 30th anniversary. And Martin Suppan celebrates this occasion in his characteristic way: with a show of 62 exhibits of Austrian painting of the 19th and 20th centuries, with high-calibre examples of Biedermeier painting, domestic mood impressionism, the multifaceted art of the interwar period, classical modernism, expressionism and modern trends that oscillate between realism, representationalism and abstraction.


Thursday, 21 October 2004 at 6 p.m., press tour : 4.30 p.m.


Palais Coburg, Seilerstätte 3, 1010 Vienna,