Naples metro stations converted into art galleries

Station de métro Toledo, Naples, galerie d'art Italie

In Naples, take the metro to visit an extraordinary museum

Over the past decade, the city of Naples, Italy, has transformed several parts of its metro system into art galleries in their own right, enlisting the help of contemporary artists in a bid to make the metropolitan area’s public transport a more attractive place for its users. Under the direction ofAchille Bonito Oliva, former director of the Venice Biennale, a total of 14 stations (in 2014) spread along lines 1 and 6 of the metro network, have been decorated with over 200 works by more than 100 artists and architects such as Alessandro Mendini, Anish Kapoor, Gae Aulenti, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Karim Rashid, and Sol LeWitt.

Perhaps the most beautiful of all, the Toledo metro station, opened in September 2012, was designed by the Spanish firm of architect Oscar Tusquets Blanca. Created around the theme of water and light, it features two mosaics by South African artist William Kentridge, as well as works by Francesco Clemente, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Shirin Nehsat and Oliviero Toscani.

Station de métro Toledo, Naples, galerie d'art Italie

1.30€: that’s the price of a subway ride in Naples, including the contemporary art exhibition! The « Stations of Art » are home to 200 works of art, and are part of a vast urban planning and public transport development plan for Naples. Some 15 stations have been designed by the world’s leading architects, designers and artists. Why bother with Naples’ monster traffic jams when you can take the metro and admire such works (almost) free of charge? From the pavements and walls to the staircases leading to the exit, everything is designed to provide passengers with a sensory and aesthetic experience.

The list of stations concerned can be found here.

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Station de métro Toledo, Naples, galerie d'art Italie University of Naples metro station, designed by Karim Rashid

Station de métro Toledo, Naples, galerie d'art Italie University of Naples metro station, designed by Karim Rashid

Station de métro Toledo, Naples, galerie d'art Italie University of Naples metro station, designed by Karim Rashid

Station de métro Toledo, Naples, galerie d'art Italie Salvator Rosa metro station, Naples

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