Program - Arts - Stockholm - Sweden
A Tour of the Stockholm Metro

Initiated during Sweden’s late 1950s cultural boom, the Stockholm metro is an evolving 70-mile journey through five decades of European art history.

Below the ground of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, and the largest city in Scandinavia, lies the world’s largest art exhibition. With 90 unique stations, the Stockholm subway represents a landmark of art in public spaces.
Stockholm subway’s first line opened in 1950, and today, the extensive network of underground tunnels carries more than 1 million passengers every day to home or work or somewhere in between.
And through the work of 150 artists, these daily journeys become all the more meaningful and acculturate for anyone roaming the Stockholm subway.

Here are a few stations to prove that Stockholm’s subway system might be the world’s largest public art gallery.
T-Centralen acts as the main hub of Stockholm’s subway.
The blue station represents quite appropriately the main hub of the blue line, which opened up for traffic in 1975 becoming the first station to feature artwork and beginning the city’s underground art network.
Located in downtown Stockholm, Kungsträdgården, roughly translated to “King’s Garden” lies under a royal historical area rich in history.
The station is a case study for historians or artists. Also of interest to biologists as the underground tunnel developed its unique fauna and flora with very particular animal and fungi species.

Located under the Stockholm Court House from where the station got its name, the Rådhuset subway platform creates a surreal contrast between the raw and organic cave aesthetics with a strong, structural and imponent architectural feature as the column.
Solna Centrum Station is nicknamed “the gates of hell”.
Solna centrum is one of Stockholm subway’s most visually striking stations due to the intense orange-red ceiling and meticulous details like trees and little houses, spread across the station walls.
Tensta is a suburb of Stockholm where many people moving into the city found residence in the 70s. The station exhibits messages of welcoming, acceptance, equality, and love looking like a pre-history man cave full of rupestrian art.