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Within the impressive architecture of its buildings the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna offers much more than a historical university environment and an unforgettable atmosphere. From gala dinners to business presentations, from readings to musical and dance performances, the Academy provides an exclusive setting for a wide range of events and festive occasions.

Studio Building of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (formerly Semperdepot/State Theater Scenery Store)

Lehárgasse 8, 1060 Vienna
(Porter’s Box - Gate 1, Prospect Court - Gate 2)

a) Single Venue

Prospect Court

First-floor space - 370 pers. max. - 385 sqm
plus Gallery (second floor) - 100 pers. max. - 245 sqm

Prospect Court
© Markus Krottendorfer

Exhibition Space (first floor)

490 pers. max. - 830 sqm

Exhibition Space
© Philipp Jelenska

b) Use of all venues: 730 pers. max.

History of the Studio Building of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (formerly Semperdepot)

The former royal imperial court theater scenery depot/Semperdepot was built between 1874 and 1877 by the architects Gottfried Semper and Carl Freiherr von Hasenauer and served as a depot and production site for theater decorations and scenery and is today the Studio Building of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. The only surviving commercial building by Gottfried Semper in Austria picks up on Florentine palace architecture and impresses with its rationality and clarity. Stepping through the main gate, one enters the horseshoe-shaped Prospect Court, a covered courtyard that extends over all floors and resembles an abstracted theater space. At the head end is an inserted semicircle of six ascending steps, echoing the theme of the ancient theater. From there, one can access the exhibition room EG Nord in the rear part of the building.

Assembly Hall at Schillerplatz

Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Wien

With the unique architecture of the house built by Theophil Hansen on Schillerplatz, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna offers an impressive historical setting and an unforgettable ambience for your events. The building shines in new splendor after its general renovation since October 2021.

The Assembly Hall on the first floor offers the perfect setting for a gala or an informal get-together. A special highlight for your guests could be a visit to the Picture Gallery with its highlights such as the Last Judgment Triptych by Hieronymus Bosch (1450/55-1516).

floor space 450 sqm
max. 250 pers.

Large festival hall with a perimeter portico and ceiling painting
© Helmuth Wimmer