You may know, or not, that the Brussels metro is a lively museum. Numerous works of arts decorate platforms, ticket rooms and corridors. Every medium is represented, paintings, sculptures, photographs, stained-glass windows, as well as every type of material, from canvas to bronze and from wood to glass over steel. But when you're not looking at the commissioned artworks, you can feel the atmosphere and identity of each station. Something photographer Mikaël Falke captured in the beautiful series "My Metro Station is an art gallery".
This idea was born in Berlin, where Mikaël was an artist in residence for a year. The result of that year was a series of architectural U-Bahn photography. Upon his return to Brussels Mikaël copied his idea and started to roam the hallways of our underground concrete palaces. Unlike Berlin, where subway stations were constructed in series, the Brussels Metro subway stops have each their own volumes, architecture and aesthetics. And although most of the spaces are designed by engineers instead of architects, Mikaël still captures their uniqueness by looking closer at tile, colour and detail use.
After two years of underground discoveries, Mikaël's pictures will be displayed in one of Brussels underground tunnel, connecting subway station Kruidtuin/botanique with the financial tower. So go underground and discover which details belong to which station! And when you're at it, take some pictures of his underground art installation to go full circle.