Regional Government of Madrid presents an exhibition that rediscovers historical spaces in the underground
The Regional Government of Madrid presents the Esférica exhibition – a unique perspective of different historical spaces in the underground – rediscovered through the fisheye lens that the photographs have been taken with, as seen today by the Regional Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure, David Pérez, which will be put on display to the public until 27 March, alongside the Classic Train Exhibition in Chamartín station.
Through this initiative, Metro de Madrid offers the chance to visit the museums through this singular photo display. “This is a fascinating trip down the historical jewels of the public enterprise, which focuses on the industrial and artistic details that abound in the origins of the underground”, indicated David Pérez, who highlighted “the new perspective of the different Metro museums, distributed in different points of the network and city, as a privileged exponent of the history of the company and of the city of Madrid”.
The display is divided into five series that coincide with the same number of museum sites that the company has open to the public: the Pacífico Engine Shed, Chamberí station, the Caños del Peral Museum at Ópera station, the Classic Train Exhibition in Chamartín station and the Pacífico Entrance Lobby, which have precisely extended their visiting hours during these Christmas holidays, open every day until 8 January (except the public holidays and 5 January) from 10 am to 2 pm, and from 4 pm to 8 pm.
Entry tickets, both to visit the new exhibition and the different museums, can be acquired on the website museosmetromadrid.es. Access to all these sites is free; you only need a transport ticket to get into Chamartín, Ópera and Pacífico stations, since the museum spaces are located inside the access points.
The exhibition particularly focuses on the details of the classic trains that ran in the first few years of the company’s 100-year history, the driver’s cabin, the passenger carriages, their doors, their elegant seats, lighting and their lampshades, revitalising the exhibition of classic trains with a particular complementary vision that enhances the value of the historical legacy of the company’s rolling stock.
VISIT THE MUSEUMS THROUGH OUR PHOTOGRAPHY DISPLAY
Another of the aims focuses on Chamberí station as one of the few testimonies over time of what one of the original stations looked like in the first few years of the metropolitan network. Inaugurated in 1919, it was in service until it definitively closed in 1966. The display captures, from a new standpoint, the original elements – mainly designed by the architect Antonio Palacios – such as the wall cladding, the decorative tiling, the signage and the advertising boards, among other features.
As regards the Engine Shed, Esférica highlights the enveloping architecture of the industrial complex it houses and the impressive diesel engines. The camera also captures the well cared for interior finishes that underline the invaluable work of the architect Antonio Palacios. All this forms part of the original Pacífico Thermal Power Station, inaugurated in 1924 to guarantee the electricity supply.
As regards Caños del Peral, the Esférica camera captures the hydraulic elements displayed in the museum, contributing a singular vision of the archaeological remains recovered for the enjoyment and knowledge of all generations.
Lastly, the aim of Esférica is to review both the singular architectural shape of the entrance lobby of Pacífico station and its decorative detail, allowing the artistic details of the works of the architect Antonio Palacios to be appreciated in an amplified manner.
The exhibition is enriched with a selection of historical photographs of the Madrid underground that journeys through part of the history of its stations, its rolling stock, and the works and installations that made them possible.