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Atelier des Lumières is the place to be in Paris when it comes to artistic immersion. Even if art isn’t really your “thing,” it is hard not to be swept up in this impressive sound and light show. Of course, it’s in Paris. Paris is one of those world-class cities that oozes culture and artistic beauty is omnipresent.
Gardens are filled with fountains and sculptures.
Statues reveal themselves on street corners piquing the attention of even the notoriously uncurious. Who is this? Why is it significant?
There is some edgy graffiti in Paris and
groovy funky wall art, if you are looking for it.
Of course, Paris is the home of the Musée du Louvre, the most visited museum (that is, fortress, turned palace, turned museum) in the world. While the outside isn’t too shabby to look at,
people line up in droves to see Leonardo da Vinci’s, Mona Lisa.
Good luck finding the sortie. Has anybody ever exited the Louvre when they felt so inclined? Tack on another 45 minutes to figure your way out!
The Musee D’Orsay is in a gorgeous old railway station.
Canvasses of the impressionist and the post-impressionist masters transport you to another place and time.
The Centre Pompidou houses Europe’s largest contemporary art collection. Its primary coloured exterior is a must see as is the panoramic view from the roof.
Paris has the big hitters, no doubt. But in its approximately 130 museums there are smaller collections of every sort you can imagine. One of my goals as a solo traveller to Paris is to visit every museum. It may happily take me a lifetime.
Museums in Paris are dedicated to perfume, fashion (would you expect any less), smoking, the sewer system, wine, the middle ages and magic.
New on the scene opening in April 2018 is the Atelier des Lumières, a sound and light art exhibition. It occupies a space that was a former cast iron foundry built in 1835.
The immersive experience presents the artwork in a highly sensorial way with 140 projectors, 50 loudspeakers and 3,300 square metres of projection surface area.
The current exhibition is dedicated to the Austrian artist Gustav Klimt on the 100th anniversary of his death. More than 3000 images share the most famous elements of Klimt’s work. Not a Klimt fan or not know too much of his work?
At Atelier des Lumières, you find yourself walking in his paintings accompanied by a musical score.
Suddenly Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, the Tree of Life and the portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer mean something to you. Klimt’s art is larger than life and your feet are moving to a Viennese waltz. As I said, it might just blow your mind. Watch the video to see!
I, for one, became an instant Gustav Klimt fan at the Atelier des Lumières. Vienna you are on my mind for a visit.
You be the judge – Can art blow your mind?
Atelier des Lumières from Alison Browne on Vimeo.
Let me know what you think.
When You Go…
Atelier des Lumiéres 38 rue Saint- Maur, Paris 75011
Pére Lachaise or Menilmontant
10h – 18h every day. Evenings until 22h on Friday and Saturday
On the website, purchase your ticket online. They are ONLY available online during the weekends. The onsite office is closed weekends.
Adults €14.50 ($22.30 Cdn)
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