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Every Sunday the gates open at the Museum of Emanuel Vigeland. If you find ourself looking for a more mysterious experience you should definately take the trip to Oslos best kept secret.
Emanuel Vigeland, the brother of the known scultor Gustav Vigeland, was born to a family of craftsmen. His first solo exhibition was held at the Dioramalokalet on Karl Johan’s street in Oslo during February 1902. In 1905, Vigeland traveled to Italy under a scholarship to study frescoes, a journey that also took him to Egypt and Jerusalem. In 1909, Vigeland was commissioned to decorate frescoes, stained glass and lighting equipment for the first Norwegian Crematorium (Det gamle kapell). The same year he was invited to participate in the competition for the decoration of fresco paintings and stained glass in the new assembly hall at the University of Oslo.
The original plans for Emanuel Vigeland Museum show that the large main hall was intended as an exhibition space for paintings and sculptures. Only the end wall and the ceiling were supposed to be covered with fresco paintings. In the 1940′s the windows were filled with brick and the building changed character from museum to mausoleum. For the decoration of the high-vaulted, dark room Vigeland found inspiration in the burial chambers of Antiquity, especially the Etruscan. But the dramatic stories of Christianity also offered rich impulses, such as the Creation and the Original Sin as they had been narrated in Italian Renaissance frescoes. In accordance with these southern prototypes he named his future burial place Tomba Emmanuelle (Emanuel’s Tomb). The fresco paintings that now cover all the walls and the ceiling were named Vita (Life). The theme of Vita is eroticism and man’s sexual instinct, conveyed through multitudes of naked bodies, women and men in impetuous intimacy. Lovemaking and procreation in the honour of God takes place in front of a dark and infinite universe, dimly lit by the life-giving, divine sun but also by the blazing fires of hell. (It is the wish of the artist that the artificial lighting in the room is kept to a minimum, so that the drama of Vita is gradually revealed, as the eye of the spectator grows accustomed to the darkness.)
So what started as a museum turned into his final resting place. Emanuel Vigeland’s urn is placed in the entrance wall. It consists of a hollowed stone, taken from the artist’s summer residence at Tjøme. Vigeland writes: “When thus my hour is nigh, my body weary and my mind dull, let me then face the sun and quietly pass away. Fire so pure, receive my body so that, fully cleansed, it can meet God. Lay these ashes, which once was a life for better or worse, in the ovary-shaped stone, in memory of my dear mother. And underneath, on the golden base of the urn, shine the letters God.”
It is said that he designed the entrance to the mausoleum to be short so that anyone who enters the mausoleum bows for him as they enter.
The dark, mysterious and beautifully decorated room has a fantastic acoustic and is often used for music shows.
Address: Grimelundsveien 8
Opening hours: The museum is open every sunday, all year from 12:00 – 16:00
(15. may – 15. sep: 12:00 – 17:00)
Entrance fee: 40 NOK (free for children under 12 years)
Visit the museums facebook page for more information about upcoming music shows and events.