L'Atelier des Lumières

  • Interpretation Centre
  • Folk art and traditions

REOPENING 19 MAY 2021 - In 2021, the Atelier des Lumières will be illuminated by the famous and unique works of Salvador Dalí. The immersive exhibition "Dalí, the never-ending enigma" looks back on more than 60 creative years of the Catalan master who travelled through and invented several artistic styles.

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

2021 programmation


  • Long programme: ‘Dali: the endless enigma’

‘Dalí, l’énigme sans fin’ (‘Dali: the endless enigma’) will encompass more than sixty years in the career of the Catalan master, who developed and invented various artistic styles. Visitors will be able to explore a thematic itinerary comprising surrealistic and metaphysical landscapes and will be immersed

in the artist’s amazing and highly imaginative works exhibited around the world (the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation at Figueres, the Dalí Museum in Florida, the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, and MoMA in New York).

By Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto, Massimiliano Siccardi. With the collaboration of the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí.

Duration: 45 min


  • Short programme: ‘Gaudí: the architect of the imaginary’

‘Gaudí, architecte de l’imaginaire’ (‘Gaudí: the architect of the imaginary’) will pay tribute to the ingenious architect via his modernist buildings that have now been listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. It takes visitors on a journey that embraces dreams and reality, ranging from the Parc Güell, the Casa Batlló, and the Casa Milà to the Sagrada Família.

Cutback realisation.

Duration: 15 min




EVERYTHING is an immersive audiovisual experience designed specifically for Culturespaces,. Divided in three parts, the creation invites the visitors to observe everything as it is, to question all the existence and to suggest new possibilities.

By Nohlab studio. CULTURESPACES DIGITAL® production.

Duration: 10 min

An area dedicated to contemporary works, Le STUDIO gives digital artists carte blanche to give vent to their creativity. Digital exhibitions produced under the direction of Bruno Monnier.

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: 15 €
Child : 10 € (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


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

Lines 46, 56, 61 et 69

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