Isabel Díaz Ayuso presents new paintings to decorate Estación del Arte underground station, which seek “to bring passengers closer to our great cultural and historical wealth”
The President of the Regional Government of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, today presented four new works of art from the National Prado Museum that are represented as full-size museum prints on the walls of Estación del Arte underground station, located on Line 1. “This is an initiative that is being increasingly appreciated by underground passengers and visitors to Madrid, who are brought closer to the great cultural and historical wealth of our country”, she stated.
The former Atocha station was renamed Estación del Arte in 2018, thanks to a collaboration agreement between the Regional Government of Madrid and the three main art galleries in the capital, which form one of the most important cultural axes in the world: the National Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Accordingly, the emblematic station now has a total of 36 masterpieces (12 contributed by each museum) that decorate the passageways, platforms and entrance lobbies, with full-size reproductions.
“Passengers can get off the trains to images of Guernica or with Parisian salons in paintings by Manet. This station is a prelude to the museums, and hence is an artistic break in traveller’s routines”, explained the President of the Regional Government of Madrid, who remarked that as from today, users will now have the opportunity to see Venus and Adonis by Paolo Veronese, The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest by El Greco, The Cardinal by Rafael and Las Hilanderas by Diego Velázquez.
These reproductions replace other works from El Prado that had decorated the station until now: La siesta by Alma Tadema; Atalanta and Hippomemes by Guido Remi; Ixion by José de Ribera and Landscape with Charon Crossing the Styx by Joachim Patinir. Some paintings from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum had also been previously replaced, on the occasion of the recent organisation of its permanent collection.
This is the case of Unloaders in Arles by Van Gogh, which was removed to be replaced by another work by the same artist - Les Vessenots en Auvers. Similarly, The View of Naardem by Ruisdael was replaced by The Love Letter by François Clouet; The Grand Canal from San Vio, Venice by The Piazza San Marco in Venice, both works by Canaletto, and Hotel Room by Edward Hopper and The Dream by Franz Marc.
Changes are also expected to take place in some of the reproductions of the Reina Sofía Museum, coinciding with the opening of its new collection, after several years of work. The new collection will be presented at the end of the month of November, and will include close to 2,000 works.
The President of the Regional Government of Madrid visited this cultural space that now forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Paseo del Prado-Recoletos and el Parque del Buen Retiro axis was added over the summer to the list of World heritage Sites.
NUMEROUS THEMED STATIONS
The underground now has various themed stations. The aim is to improve the travel experience of users, as well as to contribute to spreading and promoting culture, science and leisure in the capital and the region. Noteworthy among these is the theming of La Latina station, which has historical and contemporary photographs of El Rastro – the emblematic open-air market that has been held in the capital on Sundays since 1740, and Arroyofresno station, themed with images and illustrations of the Guadarrama mountains, due to their proximity.
Other examples include Portazgo station, decorated with images of Rayo Vallecano stadium and the popular San Silvestre Vallecana fun run, and the walls of Plaza de España station, that contain the whole text of Don Quixote. More recently, the work Fortunata y Jacinta has been reproduced at Ríos Rosas station in tribute to its author Benito Pérez Galdós; Manuela Malasaña station has been themed with illustrated portraits and biographic reviews of 18 pioneering women, and Guzmán el Bueno station has been covered in posters to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the National Geographic Institute.
In addition, the underground has a number of museum spaces in its installations, such as the Engine Shed, Chamberí station, better known as ‘the phantom station’, and Pacífico entrance lobby, all designed by the architect Antonio Palacios. In addition, there is a noteworthy exhibition of restored trains from the start of the 20th Century, located in Chamartín station.
The the largest underground archaeological museum in Madrid is located in Ópera station. This 200-square metre space houses archaeological remains from the 16th and 17th Centuries, belonging to the Fountain of the Caños del Peral, Amaniel Aqueduct and the Arenal Sewers.