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Top ten: Best Stockholm subway stations

The Stockholm metro has often been referred to as an art museum in itself, with many of the stations featuring either themed designs, vibrant colours, or traditional paintings on the walls. The Local's Elodie Pradet lists the best ten in the city.

Top ten: Best Stockholm subway stations

Stuck for inspiration in Stockholm? Looking for a more unusual and interactive museum tour? Or are you sick of spending your commute with your eyes pasted on your iPhone?

If so, this top ten list is for you.

IN PICTURES: The Local’s top ten Stockholm metro stations

The Stockholm metro is 100 kilometres of art, all hidden under the feet of hundreds of thousands of city-goers above.

If you’re here as a visitor to the Swedish capital, this top ten should suffice as equal to any museum in the city. If you’re a Stockholmer yourself and find that you’ve already worked your way through the list, why not try Näckrosen, Bredäng, Skärholmen, or the light installation during evenings at Stureby?

But for now, all aboard, click here it’s time to take the tour.

Elodie Pradet

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Paul Gauguin’s ‘Mata Mua’ returns to Spain

One of French painter Paul Gauguin's most famous paintings, "Mata Mua", will return to a Madrid museum on Monday following an agreement between the Spanish government and its owner, who took it out of the country.

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Toward the end of his life, Gauguin spent ten years in French Polynesia, where he completed some of his most famous artwork Painting: Paul Gaugin

The artwork had been on display for two decades at Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza museum but in 2020 when the institution closed because of the pandemic, the painting’s owner Carmen Thyssen moved it to Andorra where she currently lives.

Her decision to take “Mata Mua” to the microstate sandwiched between Spain and France raised fears she would remove other works from her collection which are on display at the museum.

“It is expected that the painting will arrive today,” a spokeswoman for the museum told AFP.

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In 1989, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza bought Mata Mua at the Sotheby’s auction in New York. Painting: Paul Gauguin

The artwork will go back on display to the public “a few days after” Thyssen signs a new agreement with the Spanish state for the lease of her collection, she added. The deal is expected to be signed on Wednesday.

Painted in 1892 in vivid, flat colours, “Mata Mua” depicts two women, one playing the flute and the other listening, set against a lush Tahitian landscape.

It is one of the stars of Thyssen’s collection of several hundred paintings which are on show at the museum, including works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Claude Monet.

Her collection had initially been displayed at the Madrid museum as part of a free loan agreement signed in February 2002 that was subsequently extended.

But in August 2021 Spain’s culture ministry announced it had reached an agreement with Thyssen to rent the collection from her for 15 years for €97.5 million ($111.5 million), with “preferential acquisition rights on all or part” of the works. The collection includes a Degas, a Hopper and a Monet.

Aside from housing her collection of works, the museum displays the collection of her late husband, Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Swiss heir to a powerful industrial lineage who died in Spain in 2002.

The Spanish state bought his collection in 1993 from $350 million, according to the museum.

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