Carrieres de Lumieres in Provence & Atelier des Lumières in Paris – a bedazzling experience
Carrieres de Lumieres in Provence & Atelier des Lumières in Paris are the two venues for the stunning art-themed digital Sound & Light exhibitions. Both venues use over 100 projectors and a spatial sound system. The overall effect is a recreation of artworks screened onto 10 meters high walls, ceilings and floors!
You cannot beat the the French for their incredible artistic creativity. They have managed to convert both an abandoned, limestone quarry in Provence and an old iron foundry in Paris into impressive venues for world famous Sound and Light shows!
The viewer experiences changing and moving art works that are synchronized & choreographed with beautiful music. You are transported and immersed into a magical art world! Both these sites are a MUST to visit when in Paris and in Provence.
Past & Present Multimedia Exhibitions
Every year or so, the sound and light exhibitions change. Each show features different world famous artists and themes. The Carrieres de Lumieres in Provence have hosted in the past a variety of art shows, listed below. Each sound & light show was more breathtaking than the last.
- 2012 – “Gauguin, Van Gogh: Painters in Colour”
- 2013 – “Monet, Renoir, Chagall …. Journeys around the Mediterranean”
- 2014 – “Klimt & Vienna”
- 2015 – “Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci, Raphael: The Giants of the Renaissance”
- 2016 – “Fantastic and Wonderful World of Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo”
- 2017 – “The Spanish masters: Picasso, Goya, and Sorolla”
- 2019 – “Van Gogh” in Provence and “Klimt and / or Van Gogh” in Paris
- 2020 – Dali, the Endless Enigma & Gaudi, the Architect of the Imagination (until January 3, 2021)
- 2021- 2022 – Cezanne the Master of Provence & Wassily KandinskyThe Odyssey of Abstraction
The Sound & Light shows are magical experiences!
The Magical Carrieres de Lumieres (Quarries of Light) in Provence
Next to the beautiful Provence village Les Baux-de-Provence is an abandoned, white limestone quarry. The quarry is carved inside a mountain and is made up of huge rooms divided by limestone rock walls. Since 1977, the abandoned quarry has been used for sound and light shows. However, in 2012 the Sound & Light shows became art-theme based and officially named: Les Carrières de Lumières.
These digital art shows are so incredible that the quarry has become a major tourist attraction when visiting Southern France. We visited early June and at the end of the day. The venue was packed with tourists.
The current Sound & Light shows in Provence are the artworks of Paul Cezanne and Wassily Kandinsky. The show runs throughout the day and lasts for about 30 minutes.
Practical Information About Carrieres de Lumieres
Open every day.
January, March, November, December: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
April, May, June, September, October: 9.30 a.m.-7 p.m.
July and August: 9.30 a.m.-7.30 p.m.
Last admission 1 hour before the Carrières closes
Full Rate – €13
Senior rate (more than 65 years old) – €12
Students, disability card-holders, unemployed &d Education Pass holders – €11
Family offer (2 adults and 2 children aged 7-25 years old) – €37
Children under the age of 7, journalists and disabled visitors – Free of charge
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Route de Maillane 13520 Les Baux de Provence
Tel. : +33 4 90 49 20 02
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Carrières de Lumières is located 800 m from the Château des Baux-de-Provence, 15 km north-east of Arles and 30 km south of Avignon
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Atelier des Lumières (Workshop of Light) in Paris
Since the Sound and Light show in Provence was such a major success, the idea was duplicated in Paris . The Paris venue is called Atelier des Lumières (“Workshop of Light”). The venue is an old, abandoned iron foundry. The Atelier des Lumières opened its doors to the public in 2018 and became an instant hit! This place is already a MUST see site when visiting the capital.
Note that Atelier des Lumières is very popular and crowded. To avoid waiting in long queues, I highly recommend that you book tickets online and in advance (for no extra cost). Press here to book.
The current sound and light show in Paris is “Dalí, the endless enigma / Gaudí, the Architect of the Imaginary”, playing until January 2, 2022.
Practical Information about Atelier des Lumières
Metro: Voltaire, Saint-Ambroise (line 9); Rue Saint-Maur (line 3); Père Lachaise (line 2)
Monday to Thursday from 10am until 6pm.
Fridays and Saturdays 10.00am until 10pm
Sundays 10 am until 7pm
Note: from Monday to Friday: ticket office closes at 4pm / On the weekend, you can only buy tickets online!!!
Senior rate (more than 65 years old) – €13,5
Students, disability card-holders, unemployed &d Education Pass holders – €11,5
Youth rate (5-25 years old) – €9,5
Family offer (2 adults and 2 children aged 7-25 years old) – €42
Children under the age of 5 – Free of charge
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