The organization behind this ambitious venture is Culturespaces, a company which manages monuments, museums and art centers whilst promoting access to the arts and heritage for disadvantaged children. It currently operates 12 facilities, including for the Musée Jacquemart-André and the Musée Maillol, which cumulatively attract two million visitors each year. It is hoped that L’Atelier des Lumières will increase this number by a further 400,000.
Their newest Parisian project will replicate the concept — and hopefully the success — of the Carrières de Lumières in the village of Baux-de-Provence. Since opening five years ago, this attraction has displayed the works of Gauguin, Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Chagall, Klimt, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael in a similar format, drawing an average of 600,000 visitors per annum.
L’Atelier des Lumières will be situated within a disused 19th-century foundry and a full renovation of its original steel structure will be carried out. The final display is sure to make full use of the building’s 2,000 square meter floor space, eight-meter-high walls, and industrial architectural elements contained within it like chimneys and tanks.
The building works are projected to last one year and cost somewhere in the region of 10 million euros. All going well, this new digital art museum will open in late 2017 or early 2018.
Once open, it will show two exhibitions per year. The first is to feature a major name from art history — Klimt, Chagall and Picasso are at the top of the list for projection — and a second, shorter exhibition will showcase the work of a contemporary artist.
The entry fee has yet to be announced, but it has been said that it will be no more than the price of a cinema ticket and that the average visit will last for an hour and a half.
📅 L’Atelier des Lumières will be open daily from 10:00am – 6:00pm.