Your health is our main priority

Following government announcements, access to the art centre requires the presentation of a green pass.   

The latter implies :⁣
- A vaccination certificate attesting to a complete vaccination cycle and the time needed after the last injection;
- A certificate of PCR or antigenic test less than 72 hours old (self-tests are not valid);
- A certificate of recovery (positive test of + 11 days and - 6 months).⁣

The health pass is accepted in digital or paper format. ⁣⁣
For children aged 12 to 17, presentation of the green pass will only apply from 30 September.

Wearing a mask remains compulsory.

We thank you for your understanding,  
The Atelier des Lumières Team

The Atelier des Lumières from yesterday to today

1835 Opening of the foundry

The Chemin-Vert foundry was established in 1835 by the Plichon brothers, Jacques François Alexandre and Hilaire Pierre, in order to meet the needs of the navy and railway companies by supplying them with high-quality cast iron parts. The two brothers, who came from a family of blacksmiths, became founders during the Industrial revolution.

The factory covered a surface area of 3,126 m2 and employed 60 people. The foundry produced castings of all types of parts in cast iron, based on designs and models, up to a weight of 10,000 kg. The foundry used a highly resistant cast iron, known as ‘Marin’, which had high impact resistance and high tensile strength. The manufactured parts were subsequently used for the navy, locomotives, and internal combustion and diesel engines.

1859 The success of the foundry

On 21 February 1859, Jacques François Alexandre passed the foundry on to his two sons, Jean and Edouard. They ran the company under the name Plichon Brothers. Edouard Plichon was recognised as a highly skilled technician by his colleagues. He chaired the Chambre Syndicale des Mécaniciens, Chaudronniers et Fondeurs, and was subsequently made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

When Jean died in 1874, Edouard continued running the business on his own. In 1882, he opened a branch of the company, the Grenelle steel mill in the 15th arrondissement.

Four generations of the Plichon family successively ran the foundry and the business flourished for a hundred years.

1929 The closure of the foundry

The international crisis spelled the end of the business, which was already facing stiff competition from welding and forging companies, and the manufacture of the first plastic materials. The company was dissolved in 1935; the site and buildings were sold to the Martin family, which is the current owner. For 65 years, the foundry was used by a tool manufacturing company. The great hall was used as a place to present the machines. The company ceased to operate in 2000. 

2013 Rediscovery of the foundry

Bruno Monnier, the President of Culturespaces, discovered the former disused foundry in 2013. After creating the Carrières de Lumières art centre in Les Baux-de-Provence, he had the idea of creating a Digital Art Centre in Paris. The Martin family, which was interested in the project, agreed to rent out the great hall and its annexes to him in 2014.

Photo: © Culturespaces / Plasticine

2018 Opening of the Atelier des Lumières

Four years later, after major renovation works, the Atelier des Lumières opened its doors to the public with 3 inaugural exhibitions: “Gustav Klimt” and “Hundertwasser” – realized by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto et Massimiliano Siccardi – and “POETIC_AI”, contemporary installation by the creative new media agency Ouchhh.

Photo: © Culturespaces / Nuit de Chine

2019 Van Gogh, Starry Night exhibition

In 2019, a year after the opening, the Atelier des Lumières immerses visitors in the paintings of Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), a genius who was not recognised during his lifetime and who transformed painting. Projected on all the surface of the Atelier, this new visual and musical production, produced by Culturespaces and realised by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi, retraces the intense life of the artist, who, during the last ten years of his life, painted more than 2,000 pictures.

The programme is completed by the short program Dreamed Japan, Images of a floating world directed by Danny Rose and Verse, contemporary creation by Thomas Vanz for the Studio.