New museums that you must see in Paris!

Five new addresses on the cultural scene offer some unusual experiences!

The City of Light is packed with exceptional museums, and 5 new ones have opened on the cultural scene offering some unusual experiences. Paris continues to innovate in its cultural offering and these 5 new museums, each in their own way, revolutionize our approach to art: L’Atelier des Lumières, Lafayette Anticipations, 11 Conti, Institut Giacometti and Le Corbusier’s Apartment-atelier.

L’Atelier des Lumières

Atelier des Lumières - Simulation Klimt 3, Paris © Culturespaces Nuit de Chine

Get ready to dive into some of the greatest works in the history of art! L’Atelier des Lumières promises an exciting immersion into the heart of some exceptional artistic worlds, thanks to a surround sound system and an impressive array of projectors.

Offering an entirely novel approach to art, this museum is housed in a former foundry in Paris’s 11th arrondissement, and is offering the unique experience of having works by some of history’s greatest painters projected across surfaces totalling more than 3,000 m², from floor to ceiling! A completely captivating experience, both visually and sonically, the visit is accompanied by music illustrating the era or atmosphere of each piece. The sensory experience is multiplied and visitors can experience artistic works that are truly living. Expect to be blown away!

Opens 13 April with the exhibition ‘Klimt and Vienna’, where the spectacular multimedia equipment will enable visitors to walk through the heart of the belle époque.

L’Atelier des Lumières
58, rue de la Condamine, Paris 17th

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Lafayette Anticipations

Lafayette Anticipations, Paris © Martin Argyroglo

‘What you are about to see does not yet exist – that’s the slogan of this new foundation! Located in the heart of the Marais, Lafayette Anticipations is an entirely new space dedicated to contemporary art that can be transformed at will. Low or high ceilings, small intimate rooms or large spaces opening onto outdoor areas, rooms plunged into darkness or bathed in natural light thanks to an enormous window … this place sports a completely different layout for each exhibition, with seemingly infinite possibilities for walking through the different spaces.

It’s an unusual way to come and get to know the work of artists who can display their work in the way they wish. Music and projections can also complete this space, splitting up each floor both visually and sonically. A great experience!

Opens 10 March 2018

Lafayette Anticipation
9, rue du Plâtre, Paris 4th

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11 Conti – La Monnaie de Paris

Monnaie de Paris - Intérieur musée © Bernard Touillon

One of the oldest French institutions is unveiled! The Monnaie de Paris (the Paris Mint) is shining a spotlight on the hidden aspects of its activity by opening its coinage workshops to the public, to reveal numerous secrets and superb treasures. Among these: the factory’s walls – an architectural gem, and never-before-exhibited collections containing precious objects and coins from across the centuries. Visitors can discover the different ways coins are minted, as well as how to create stamps, medals, and other art objects.

The museum is also offering new experiences based around metalwork, enabling visitors to try out the work of the artisans in a fun way: operating the machines and assisting in the workshops. An interactive and sensory museum that puts the emphasis on the arts & crafts trades, and the modernity of this institution, which honours its historic past. Chiselling, engraving, enamelling, and many other trades will no longer be shrouded in secrecy for you! Ideas for future vocations.

Opens 30 September 2017

11 Conti – La Monnaie de Paris
11 quai de Conti, Paris 6th

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Institut Giacometti

Institut Giacometti - Expo Genet - Giacometti, Paris © Photo Xavier Bejot Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Giacometti, Paris + Adagp, Paris)

As of June 2018, Paris finally has a museum devoted to Alberto Giacometti. A major 20th-century artist – a painter, sculptor and draftsman who is today mainly known for his slender bronze figures – Giacometti set himself up in a modest atelier in the 14th arrondissement of the French capital when he was starting out. He would continue working there for the rest of his 40-year career. The Giacometti Foundation has now created a replica of this legendary studio only a short walk from the original address. Located inside a 350-m² private mansion decorated in the art deco style, the museum displays Giacometti’s own furniture as well as some of his personal effects and decorative objects. The drawings and annotated images on the walls give visitors the feeling of entering the artist’s private sphere and enable us to understand the great master’s creative process.

More than 70 sculptures in plaster and bronze, as well as late-stage works in clay – can be admired here. Some of the pieces have never before gone on public display because they are extremely fragile. A display cabinet featuring more than 5,000 drawings, lithographs and personal notebooks, as well as a library section partly made up of the artist’s own books provide further points of interest in the museum.
Three or four temporary exhibitions are organized here each year.

Forthcoming exhibition (16 October 2018 to 13 January 2019): Annette Messager - Alberto Giacometti - nos chambres (Our rooms)

Institut Giacometti
5 rue Victor-Schoelcher, Paris 14th

Admission by prior arrangement. Online ticket purchase only. No ticket sales at the museum.

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Appartement atelier de Le Corbusier

Appartement - Atelier de le Corbusier - Salle à manger

Le Corbusier’s Apartment-atelier (apartment-and-studio) reopened to the public in June 2018 following a two-year renovation.  This extraordinary duplex, which features on Unesco’s World Heritage List, is intimately connected to the famous French architect and urban planner.

In the early 1930s, when Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris (better known as Le Corbusier) was working with Pierre Jeanneret to construct the Molitor apartment building on the edges of Boulogne-Billancourt, having designed it with a façade made of entirely of glass (a first anywhere in the world for a residential building back then), he decided to purchase the duplex on the 7th and 8th floors of the building: a light-filled 240-m² penthouse comprising an apartment, a painting  studio, a guest room and a roof garden with a breathtaking view of the Bois de Boulogne. 

The duplex served as both a home and an office for the visionary architect. Above all, it became his laboratory over the next 30 years: the place where he tested new layouts and materials and reviewed his working methods and architectural use of colour. An ever-changing space, it served as a source of inspiration for many of the urban developments that Le Corbusier built in various parts of the world.

Appartement atelier de Le Corbusier
Immeuble Molitor
24 rue Nungesser et Coli, Paris 16th

Guided tours only

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Monnaie de Paris - 11 Conti Member

11 quai de Conti, Paris, 75006

Founded in 846 AD, the Monnaie de Paris has had its artists' workshops installed in the centre of Paris at 11 quai de Conti since......

Atelier des Lumières Member

38 rue Saint-Maur, Paris, 75011

Located between Bastille and Nation, in a former foundry in the eleventh arrondissement of Paris, the Atelier des Lumières holds......

Appartement - atelier de Le Corbusier Member

24 rue Nungesser et Coli, Paris, 75016

The Le Corbusier’s Studio-Apartment, situated on the top two floors of the Molitor building, was designed and built between 1931......

Lafayette Anticipations

9 rue du Plâtre, Paris, 75004

La fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette a fait de ce bâtiment du XIXe siècle, réhabilité par Rem Koolhaas, un nouveau lieu......

Institut Giacometti

5 rue Victor Schoelcher, Paris, 75014

Installed in a listed Art Deco-style 'hôtel particulier', the Institut Giacometti reconstructs the workshop of Alberto......