L'Atelier des Lumières

  • Interpretation Centre
  • Folk art and traditions

In 2022, the Atelier des Lumières is illuminated by the famous and colorful works of Paul Cezanne. The digital and immersive exhibition of the Atelier des Lumières presents the most significant masterpieces of Cezanne (1839-1906) such as: Still Life with Apples, The Card Players (1890-95) and The Large Bathers (circa 1906).

The first digital art centre in Paris, established in a fully restored former nineteenth-century foundry,the Atelier des Lumières holds digital exhibitions that immerse visitors in the pictorial worlds of the most famous artists in the history of art.

Since it opened in April 2018 with an exhibition devoted to Gustav Klimt, the Atelier des Lumières welcomed nearly 2.6 millions visitors and has become one of the most important cultural sites in Paris, using the digital revolution to promote artistic creativity.

With 140 video projectors and a spatialised sound system in a surface area of 3,300 m2, visitors are immersed in the images and music. The Atelier des Lumières also offers visits in Le STUDIO, where the work of several contemporary digital artists is displayed.

Proposing a new, emotional, and dynamic approach to art, the Atelier des Lumières welcomes every member of the general public and of all ages.


The Atelier des Lumières is also about the restoration of a heritage site-that of the former Plichon iron foundry. Established in the nineteenth century in the heart of the east of Paris, the foundry is for Culturespaces an essential part of the artistic experience. Rather than being a mere complement, the venue-with its spaces, history, and industrial character has forged the project’s identity. Thanks to its monumental architecture, highlighted by the original metal structure that spans the great hall, the former iron foundry provides the ideal setting for these digital exhibitions.

In La Halle visitors will find various monumental features (a chimney, drying tower, pool, water tank, etc.) that have been converted to enable the visitors to enjoy interactive experiences.


A former foundry established in 1835 by the PLICHON family

2 projection areas: La HALLE (1,500 m2) and Le STUDIO (160 m2)

140 video projectors and 50 speakers

3,300 m² of projection surface (walls + floor)

10 metres high

Open 7 days per week

2022 programmation



"Cezanne, the lights of Provence" reveals the intimate turmoil of Cezanne, the strength of his constructions, his relationship to light and color and his link with nature, which remains his great model, his obsessive reference.

The visitor is then immersed in nature, under the great foliage of trees and forests, parks and gardens where the bathers rest, to end on the Cezannian nature par excellence: Bibémus, Estaque, and, culminating point, the Sainte-Victoire.

Artistic creation : Gianfranco Iannuzzi.

Duration: 35 min


  • Short programme: ‘Kandinsky, the Odyssey of Abstraction'

Painter, poet, art theorist and founder of abstract art, Kandinsky revolutionized the history of art with his numerous compositions, now exhibited throughout the world. Born in Moscow, after studying law, he travels throughout Europe and discovers the avant-garde artists, Cezanne, Monet, Matisse ... Kandinsky also painted, in his own way, the Sainte-Victoire mountain.

His research on the symbolism of color and form echoed that of Cezanne: both artists challenged objective perception and privileged the interiority of the painter, the very essence of creation.

Creative Direction Virginie Martin

Graphic and animation design: Cutback

Duration: 10 min


Opening and closing times

From 01/01 to 31/12, daily between 10 am and 6 pm. The Atelier des Lumières is open every day.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday: 10am-6pm / Friday and Saturday: 10am-10pm

Last entry 1 hour before closing time.


Adult: 16 €
Child : 11 € (Child rate: from 5 to 25 years)
Group adults: 12 € (Group rate from 20 people)
Set price group children : 8 € (School group rate).

Free entry for children < 5 years.
Child entry valid for 5 - 25 years.
Group rate available for > 20 people.



  • Minimum number of people : 20

Additional information

  • The Atelier des Lumières is fully accessible to people with reduced mobility. A lift provides access to the mezzanine.


Average length of visit

  • 95 minutes (individual)

Services and facilities


  • Lift


  • Wi-fi


Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Documentation languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish


  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs


Line 9 (Voltaire, Saint-Ambroise)
Line 3 (Rue Saint-Maur)
Line 2 (Père Lachaise)

Lines 46, 56, 61 et 69

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Contact information

Your contacts

Group reservations

  • Ms/Mrs Raphaëlle ROMERO MONNIER Sales department
  • +33 (0)1 80 98 46 04
  • [email protected]