The art metro

The Art Stations of Naples – ( › stazioni-arte › stazioni-dell-arte)

Line 1 metro Art Stations represent one of the most important and extensive interventions of architecture and public art made internationally in the last twenty years. All the new stations of Line 1 of the subway, inaugurated in 2001, are the result of a project promoted by the municipal administration of Naples to give aesthetic quality to places of public mobility, redevelop large areas of the urban fabric and equip the city with Naples of a prestigious public collection of contemporary art. The design of the underground stations and the corresponding surface interventions was entrusted to internationally renowned architects and designers, such as Àlvaro Siza, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Dominique Perrault, Oscar Tusquets, Karim Rashid, Gae Aulenti, Alessandro Mendini. The internal and external spaces of the stations – each with its own stylistic characteristics and designed according to the different urban areas involved – have hosted, under the coordination of Achille Bonito Oliva, over 250 site specific installations of contemporary art, thus constituting an exceptional example of decentralized museum distributed over the urban area.

Vanvitelli Station

In 2004-2005 the architects Lorenzo and Michele Capobianco with the artistic support of Achille Bonito Oliva renovated the station by adding contemporary art works associated with a wise use of lights and colors. Among others, the gallery of photographs of buildings in the city of Naples with particular architectural merit by Gabriele Basilico and Olivo Barbieri, the blue neon spiral by Mario Merz placed on the blue vault of the lower floor, the two large mosaics of Isabella Ducrot at the level of the docks.