Paris’s first digital art museum: all lit up at Atelier des Lumières

In a former foundry in eastern Paris, art – including colourful works by Klimt – gets a huge canvas in a multi-sensory experience from museum foundation Culturespaces

It’s 11.30am on a sunny Tuesday and I’m in rue Saint-Maur, in Paris’s 11th arrondissement, queuing to collect pre-booked tickets for the noon showing at L’Atelier des Lumières – Paris’s first digital museum of fine art. It’s worth the wait.

The museum is in a former foundry and is operated by Culturespaces, a French museum foundation that specialise in immersive art displays. This is the opening exhibition at what Culturespaces calls its “Workshop of Lights”, and its larger space, La Halle, is dedicated to Gustav Klimt and a century of Viennese painting. There are also works by Egon Schiele and Friedrich Stowasser, better-known as Hundertwasser. A smaller room, Le Studio, is given over to emerging artists – and exploring AI and digital installations.

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