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Emanuel Vigeland Museum

One of the most unusual museums of Norway is located on the west side of Oslo. The museum is dedicated to Emanuel Vigeland, who was an artist. Emanuel was Gustav’s younger brother. Gustav is famous for his sculptures and for the creation of Vigelandsparken. 

Emanuel was born in 1875 and was the pioneer of fresco painting in the country. In addition, he perfected using the techniques of medieval times for stained glass. 

The building that the museum is in was his studio. When he died in the year 1948, the studio became a mausoleum. The museum was opened for the public in the year 1959. On display is Vita, which was his lifework. This is a series of fresco paintings that date from 1927 through 1947. There are also drawings, sculptures, and portraits on display. 

The fresco paintings have to be viewed in a subdued lighting. The reason for this is because during the 1940s the subjects of Vita were considered to be too daring for the taste of the public and people thought that viewing them in strong lighting would make the art even more provocative. There are very few people today who would find that his work is indecent. 

Another odd thing about the museum is the low ceiling in the entrance area. This design is attributed to the desire of the artist for humility when art is going to come into view. For those who wish to see samples of his stained glass work, it is found in the Oslo Domkirke windows.

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