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Lisbon Uptown

As a part of a whole complex, Lisbon subway stations form the most important Public Art Gallery in town. The city’s inhabitants that daily cross these subterranean galleries have little time to enjoy these spaces. The widespread TV screens in the platforms tend to steal their attention as they go by hastily.

Still, there are real surprises as isolated pieces or sets, sometimes organized as fruition circuits. The city’s Music Museum for example is installed in one of the subway stations.

In the decoration of the whole network there is an element that stands out: the Tile (Azulejo). It is consistently the most expressive element present, in creations made both by Portuguese and foreign artists.

In this walk we visit some of the stations, regaining awareness of the country’s History and some universal themes such as the Declaration of Human Rights. 

In particular we expose our walkers to some beautiful images portraying: 

  • The decorative Tile in Portugal
  • The History of the Discoveries
  • The exploration of Brazil
  • Humanism and Literature
  • The modernist generation
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"The tiles speak about a fabulous world offered to the sight: a monkey playing the flute, a woman picking grapes, (…), lovers embraced, a tamed lion, a moray with spots like a leopard. "

- John Berger