A series of portraits and group of stylised characters: eight portraits on the platforms and originally two groups of characters in the ticket office areas on Rue de la Loi and Chaussée d’Etterbeek. The platform walls, situated on either side of the rails, are made of large panels of white concrete and construction blocks in fire clay. These materials emphasise the public and urban character of the metro station. On some of the panels, we can admire the portraits designed by Benoît van Innis. These stylised portraits are drawn in black on white tiles.They are anonymous faces like those of the metro passengers. They undeniably refer to passengers waiting for the metro. The work of art in the ticket office area is more suggestive of movement. The work of art was created in close cooperation with the architects Henk De Smet and Paul Vermeulen.
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BENOÎT (VAN INNIS) (Brugge, 1960)
As a visual artist, Benoît Van Innis began his artistic career at high school. He continued his studies at the Sint-Lucas school of arts in Ghent, in the studio of Dan Van Severen, where he achieved the highest distinction in 1984. In the 1990s, he drew cartoons for newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Esquire, Paris Match, Le Monde, De Standaard, Panorama, Knack, Le Vif, Lire, etc.). He has also published several albums: “Scrabbelen in de herfst”/”Rire en automne à Bruges” (1989), “Het Verboden Museum”/”Le Musée Interdit” (1990), “Mijn Oom Gilbert”/”Oncle Gilbert” (1995) and “Bravo ! Bravo !” (2000). Throughout his career, the artist has primarily exhibited in Belgium. Since the 2000s, he has received various commissions to incorporate works of art in public and private buildings. Benoît Van Innis works in close collaboration with internationally-renowned architects.