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Discover the world’s longest art exhibition: the Stockholm Metro! Every week SL offers a free guided tour of the Art in the Metro. Please scroll down for dates and meeting points.

94 stations with art
Today the Stockholm Metro has 100 stations and more than 90 of them feature art created by over 150 artists with the support of even more civil servants, politicians, engineers and architects. Although they all form part of the same Metro, the stations and the art they contain are all very different. In 1957 T-Centralen was the first station to gain art, which means that we today can find art from six decades in the Stockholm Metro.

Unique architecture
It’s not only the art but also the architecture, which makes Stockholm Metro appreciated and famous way beyond Sweden’s borders. Ever since the early 1970-ies most of the stations have been built as what we call cave stations. The rock face is covered with a layer of sprayed concrete, which follows the shape of the rock, giving an illusion of a station in a cave. The artists were working in long-term partnerships with architects and engineers to create complete environments rather than individual artworks. The cave stations are found on the blue Metro line and partly on the red Metro line.

An underground garden
One of the most spectacular stations is Kungsträdgården, located right in the city centre. The artist Ulrik Samuelson has transformed the station into an underground garden, depicting the history of Kungsträdgården (The King’s garden). Here you will find cast sculptures once on display at Makalös Palace, formerly on the same site, an elm tree trunk clad in stone and a waterfall in the rock. At one of the exits there is a kind of archaeological dig – a Forum Romanum for Stockholm – with ancient columns and fragments from torn down buildings in Stockholm.

Temporary Art exhibitions – Art in transition
An important part of SL’s (Stockholm Public Transport) work is to focus on art that is being created today. SL also wants to give more artists the opportunity to show their work in the public space of the Metro. Therefore you’ll find temporary art exhibitions in seven centrally located stations, where the art is replaced 1-4 times a year.

At Odenplan station you can for example see art works of students from different art and design colleges in Sweden. At Slussen and Fridhemsplan stations there are black and white pictures between advertising billboards behind the track. If you travel to Zinkensdamm or Gärdet you will find colour prints on the wall behind the track and at Mariatorget station there is an exhibition with photography. Finally, at Skanstull station four monitors show art videos.

Art at the Commuter Rail stations
In 2017 two new underground commuter rail stations opened: Stockholm City and Stockholm Odenplan. In total 14 artists have worked with the art at the very large stations, which can be experienced as Art Galleries of contemporary art.

Guided tours
Since 1997 SL has been running regular guided tours of the art in the Stockholm Metro. Each week we travel along one of the Metro lines, visiting four or five stations at a time. During the trip one of our expert, qualified guides will tell you more about the art, the architecture and the artists behind the works. If you were to go on all our guided tours for a whole year, you would visit over 90 stations and see art created from the 1950s to the present day. The guided tours are free of charge, but you will need a valid ticket in order to join us. No booking or reservation is needed, everyone is welcome. The tours are offered in Swedish and in English all year around. Pick up a programme at the SL Customer Service or see the dates and times below.

Welcome to join us on a spectacular tour underground!

Guided tours September - November 2019

  • Sunday 29 September at 1 pm
    Meeting point: Stockholm Odenplan station, ticket hall at the Odenplan entrance. Stockholm Odenplan station.

  • Thursday 3 October at 6 pm
    Meeting point: Metro station Liljeholmen, ticket hall at the Tvärbanan entrance. Red line towards Norsborg.

  • Sunday 13 October at 1 pm
    Meeting point: Metro station Gullmarsplan, Ticket hall. Green line towards Skarpnäck.

  • Thursday 17 October at 6 pm
    Meeting point: Metro station Fridhemsplan, SL Customer Services Drottningholmsvägen. Blue line towards Hjulsta.

  • Sunday 27 October at 1 pm
    Meeting point: Stockholm City station, Ticket hall at the Vasagatan/Klarabergsgatan entrance. Stockholm City station.

  • Thursday 31 October at 6 pm
    Meeting point: Stockholm Odenplan station, ticket hall at the Odenplan entrance. Stockholm Odenplan station.

  • Sunday 10 November at 1 pm
    Meeting point: Metro station Fridhemsplan, SL Customer Services Drottningholmsvägen. Green line inner city.

  • Thursday 14 November at 6 pm
    Meeting point: Metro station Fridhemsplan, SL Customer Services Drottningholmsvägen. Blue line towards Akalla.

  • Sunday 24 November at 1 pm
    Meeting point: Metro station Hornstull, Ticket hall at the Hornstull entrance. Red line inner city.

  • Thursday 28 November at 6 pm
    Meeting point: Stockholm City station, Ticket hall at the Vasagatan/Klarabergsgatan entrance. Stockholm City station.

Pictures:

1. Stadion station, artists Enno Hallek and Åke Pallarp

Photo by Hans Ekestang