In this article, we introduce the Atelier des Lumières and how to enjoy this unique experience. If you want more information about the current exhibition, check our article here. If you want to enjoy a 10% discount promo code, click here.
The Atelier des Lumières is very different from traditional museums, introducing you to artists and their life’s work while taking your breath away. The venue’s large, open space is filled with light, art, and music, its walls, staircases, and industrial elements making for an unusual canvas. Visitors stand, sit, or roam around in the space, becoming quite literally immersed in the art on display as the digital projectors shine on them.
Going through the entrance will lead you into a whole new realm. What is now the 3300 square meter exhibition space was formally a foundry which was renovated to host the exhibition. The immersive installations include usually 2 or 3 different exhibitions, changing every year. In the middle of the hall, a small room showed a 360-degree view of the projections. Despite the sheer number of tourists, the room still feels open and spacious.
The digital projections cover the entire exhibition space, from the walls, columns to the floor we were standing on. This immersive effect seemingly mends the art and audience, uniting them as one.
Tickets can be purchased online: we recommend you do so to avoid queuing. You can use the 0'bon Paris coupon code (click here) to get a discount on your ticket.
The exhibition lasts around one hour and is made of 3 parts: a main long program (around 40 minutes), a short program (around 15 minutes), and a contemporary creation (5minutes). In the first year, the long program was focusing on Gustav Klimt. In 2019, it was displaying the very successful "Van Gogh Starry night". For 2020, the innovative art space hosted the exhibition Monet, Renoir, and Chagall: Journeys Around the Mediterranean. 2021 long program was about Dali creations.
This year, this unique digital exhibition, Atelier des Lumières, explores the prolific and unclassifiable painter, Marc Chagall (1887–1985).
The short program this year is 'Painting music' with the colorful and poetic works of Paul Klee (1879 - 1940). If you want more information about the current exhibition, click here.
Tucked at the end of the exhibition hall is a studio equipped with floor-to-ceiling projections which display exclusive parts of the video installations.
In Le Studio, you can enjoy the other impressive digital art projection, CONVERGENCE. This contemporary creation is by Pierre-Blaise Dionet to make you explore the mysterious links between sound and color. This wonderful experience poetically tells us about the birth of synesthesia, taking us through worlds where sound vibrations and shimmering colors connect in very surprising ways. Le studio will be a great place to have an opportunity to discover digital art in a new light and let yourself go to the power of your own perceptions.
There is a souvenir shop near the exit. The museum is close to The Marais, which has a lot of nice cafes and restaurants; ideal for a coffee break or food-tasting after a long day of sightseeing. If you want more information about Marais, click here!
Author and Photographer: Yuna Lee
Translated by: Pierre Ieong
Address: 38 Rue Saint Maur, 75011 Paris
Transportation: Metro Voltaire or Saint-Ambroise Station (Line 9) or Rue Saint-Maur Station (Line 3) or Père Lachaise Station (Line 2)
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday from 10:00-18:00 / Friday and Saturday 10:00-22:00 / Sunday 10:00-19:00
Admission Fee: Adult 16,00€ / Student 13,00€ / Between 5-25 years old 11,00€ / Free for children under 5 years old / More than 65 years old 15,00€