Emanuel Vigelands Museum

In a gloomy space, Emanuel Vigelands covered walls in fresco paintings of naked human figures. A well-kept secret and a truly alternative attraction in Oslo is the mausoleum of Emanuel Vigeland, little brother of Vigeland Park sculptor Gustav Vigeland. The building’s main attraction is a dark, barrel-vaulted room completely covered with frescoes. The 800-square-metre painting VITA (“LIFE”) conveys dramatic scenes of human life from conception to death.

The story of Tomba Emmanuelle

Emanuel Vigeland constructed the building in 1926 to house his paintings and sculptures, but decided later that the building would serve as his tomb. All windows were walled up, and his ashes were to rest in an urn above the door. In line with his Italian idols, Emanuel called the building Tomba Emmanuelle.

 

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