Art in metro, Lisbon

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Many European cities have turned their underground train stations into a public art gallery you can enjoy for a price of a metro ticket. Lisbon metro is famous for its picturesque tiles or "azujelo", both historical and modern, and various art exhibits.

Below find a list of stations and art themes/pieces represented there:

Rolando Sá Nogueira in Laranjeiras station has elaborated a theme derived from the name of the station - orange trees.

Júlio Pomar in Alto do Moinhos station glorifies four grands of Portuguese literature - Almada, Bocage, Pessoa and Camoes.

Manuel Cargaleiro in Colégio Militar station revives the tradition of "azulejo".

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva in Cidade Universitária station has painted tile panel Le Metro that is the central theme of entire artistic concept.

Entre Campos station -  a design in engraved stone by Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos that pays homage to the Portuguese literature.

At the Jardim Zoológico station you will find a theme of tropical fauna and flora by Julio Resende’s.

Parque station - themes of the Portuguese discoveries and the human rights in tile and sculpture.

Marquês de Pombal station - themes on the historical character of Marques de Pombal after whom the station is named, as well as a panel in engraved stone from Charters de Almeida.

In Picoas station - Lisbon and its people in tile and sculpture by Martins Correia.

In Saldanha station -  the Universal Human Characteristics in individually distinct tile and stone sculptures by Jorge Vieira and Luís Filipe de Abreu.

Campo Pequeno station - sculptures in homage to the women of Lisbon and marble panels reflecting bullfighting scenes.

Martim Moniz station - artistic concepts used Lisbon’s Christian reconquest and the death of Martim Moniz as the theme for sculptures.

Campo Grande station  - covered in painted tiles by Eduardo Nery, whose work interprets the typical 18th century tile motifs known as figuras de convite or welcoming figures.

Carnide station - tiles, Byzantine mosaic and neon lighting integrated in one artistic composition.

Pontinha station -  oil paintings by Jacinto Luis.

Rato station - features two painted tile panels by Arpad Szènés and Vieira da Silva.


Public art in the stations of Orient Line:

Alameda station -  he original ceramic tiles  by Maria Keil along with  contributions of four modern artists: Costa Pinheiro with a series of ceramic tiles named “Navegadores” (navigators), Noronha da Costa with an unusual set of paintings on stone slabs; Alberto Carneiro with his sculptures refelcting trees, Juhana Bloomstedt with a floor pattern made of different coloured marble.

Olaias station - sculptures of Pedro Cabrita Reis and Rui Sanches and the wall coverings of Graça Pereira Coutinho and Pedro Calapez.

Bela Vista station - wall coverings with ceramic tiles in geometric patterns using special tile formats and layouts by Querubim Lapa.

Chelas station - brightly coloured, three-dimensional ceramic wall coverings.

Olivais station - depicts the neighbourhoods original environment  (“olivais” –olive grove ) designed by Nuno Siqueira and Cecília de Sousa.

Cabo Ruivo station - stone engravings with a pre-historic  influence by David de Almeida.

Oriente metro station - reflecting a theme of Oceans (origins from the World Exhibition of Lisbon – Expo ’98 theme). Internationally renowned artists representing the five continents participated in decorating this space. Joaquim Rodrigo (Portugal) with a ceramic tile panel “Praia do Vau”; Hundertwasser (Austria) with a ceramic tile panel “Submersão Atlântida”; Yayoi Kusama (Japan) with a ceramic tile panel on the North wall of the station; Raza (India) with a panel “Les Océans”; Errö (Iceland) with a ceramic tile panel mixing both real and imaginary episodes from history and maritime Mythology; António Ségui (Argentin) with a panel on the South wall depicting sea elements; Zao Wou Ki (China) with ceramic tile panel of oceans; Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali) shows his understanding of the sea based on his stylistic traditions; Sean Scully (Ireland)  a work with abstract components; Arthur Boyd (Australia) with a ceramic tile panel of a maritime view; Magdalena Abakanowicz (Poland) with a large sculpture “Fish”.