A Visit to the Museum of Lights

Instructor: Ara Kebapcioglu

Throughout the nineteenth century, Paris provided the industrial backdrop for the evolution of modern lighting as hundreds of companies vied with each other to illuminate the life of the city and its inhabitants. Improved oil lamps, gas lights, and kerosene lighting competed with lesser known gasoline, spirit, carbide, and electric lighting techniques, and many lamps and their related apparatuses were invented in Paris itself.

On this tour, we will visit Lumière de l’oeil, a Parisian boutique museum, library, and workshop devoted to the history of lighting. Owner and curator Ara Kebapcioglu will guide us through the history of lighting techniques in Paris as he offers practical demonstrations of exquisite lamps from the museum’s collection, many of which have been exhibited at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva, and the Forney Library in Paris.

Maximum enrollment: 10


Spring 2021
1 hour
Exact times and dates are determined in consultation with the participants.


Lumière de l’œil
4 Rue Flatters, 75005 Paris

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