The Vigeland Museum, situated next to the famous Vigeland Park, was built by the City of Oslo as studio, home and future museum for the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). It houses almost all of Vigeland’s production, comprising sculptures in plaster, stone, bronze and wrought iron, in addition to over 12 000 works on paper.
A visit to the museum allows you to follow Vigeland’s artistic development, from the expressive and slender figure style of the 1890’s to the more classically balanced style of the interwar years. The plaster originals for the Fountain and the Monolith can be seen in a 1:1 scale. Vigeland’s working process is also documented in the museum, as well as the story behind the Vigeland Park.
Vigeland lived in his apartment on the top floor from 1924 until his death in 1943. The apartment is kept with its original interior, and can be visited by appointment. His urn is placed in the tower of the museum, thus also making this a mausoleum.
The building is regarded as one of Norway’s finest examples of neoclassical monumental architecture, and was listed by the Directorate for Cultural Heritage in April 2015. By visiting the museum and experiencing its atmosphere, visitors will get a unique insight to the life and work of one of Norway’s most important artists.