Atelier des Lumières- This HAS to be on your Top Ten List for Paris

The Atelier des Lumières opened in April of 2018 in a former smelting plant/iron foundry from the 19th Century in the 11th arrondisement. It is a “digital art center” with 120 video-projectors to create an immersive art experience. As described by SortirAParis, back in 2018, it is a “breathtaking visual and sound show.”The first exhibition featured the art of Klimt, and the current exhibition features Van Gogh and Japanese painting and is there till the end of 2019.

I have tried to explain what this is to various friends, and I am at a loss for the right words. Imagine yourself surrounded by rough, concrete walls of various shapes and textures, with a ceiling twenty feet above you, and when the show starts, everything is covered with enormous art– sometimes it’s just pieces of paintings, or sometimes it is entire paintings, or sometimes it is flowing pieces of paintings (like ships that sail through waves). And while this is going on, imagine incredible music flowing and pounding all around you– sometimes classical, sometimes jazz, sometimes contemporary.

Wander the various rooms and spaces to experience it from different perspectives.

My pitiful pictures don’t begin to capture it, so I urge you to click here  to see the moving collage of the Japanese art. Go to the website at the top of this post to buy tickets (they are NOT sold on site– all tickets must be bought online ahead of time). It is a timed entry, so you need to get there within 15 or 20 minutes of your time.

No one is checking when you leave….




3 responses to “Atelier des Lumières- This HAS to be on your Top Ten List for Paris”

  1. Fantastic recommendation!

    This is a great place – not to be missed on a trip to Paris!
    We saw the van Gough and Japanese painting exhibit while passing through Paris in August.

    I suggest staying for more than one round, and experiencing the shows from different vantage points.

    Also do not miss the other exhibitions in smaller rooms.

    1. I’m glad you got to see it. It’s now become so well known that it’s getting harder and harder to get tickets.

      1. really lucky then!
        maybe one day we will overlap in Paris.
        Will be there again mid-November

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