The Vigelandmuseet is located near the Vigelandsparken. It is here where people can see the major output of art from Gustav Vigeland. Gustav was born in the year 1869 and lived until 1943. The collection at the museum contains 2700 sculptures done in bronze, plastic, marble, and granite. In addition, there are more than 400 carvings and woodcuts as well as 12,000 drawings.
On display you will find the original models for all of the sculptures in the park as well as the casts that were made for the busts. There are old photographs available that show how the sculpture park was created.
This museum resulted from a contract between Vigeland and the city council of Oslo in the year 1921. The artist donated all of his existing works as well as any future works to the city. In return for his donation the city built a studio for him. This studio was then converted into a museum that would exhibit his work. The studio that is now the museum was built during the 1920s and offers a unique perspective of the Neo-Classicism design from that time frame.
Vigeland chose the color scheme for the interior. When you walk through the rooms you can see the development of the artist through the 1890s, when he had a thin figure and expressive style to the years between the World Wars when his style was heavier in expression. You can also view his living quarters in the museum. When he died in 1943, his ashes were put in the tower as he had requested.
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