• Eccentricity

    • The provocative and at times disturbing sculptor and painter Emanuel Vigeland , designed his own tomb, a discreet corner in Norway that features one of the most erotic and beautiful museums in the world.

    Emanuel Vigeland: the erotic museum and burial of Oslo / 

    The artist, Emanuel Vigeland took almost twenty years to finish his peculiar museum, which would feature his work, comprising paintings and sculptures. Once finished, and after long dissertations, he decided the enclosure would also become his tomb.

    The space is essentially captivating. It is an enormous room —over 800 square metres— that resembles the main nave of a church, and is bathed in a light so faint and warm that it barely allows the viewer to perceive the coppery colour of the paint. Hundreds of people are parading, starring in erotic scenes throughout the mural that covers the entire space, showing the different stages of man, from his conception until death, with the sexual instinct as its narrative line.

    A decade after the death of Emanuel Vigeland, the museum was opened to the public in 1950. The space is also particularly attractive because of its sonorous characteristic, since the structure allows for the demurest of sounds to be echoed, adding in this way and additional sensorial stimuli to the mystical character of this enclosure.

    The sexual instinct always inspired Vigeland, who referred to it in his personal work as that which moves and makes sense of the human experience. Paradoxically, he worked for many years with the Norwegian Christian church, and he was in charge of several frescoes in different cathedrals across the country —as a matter of fact the Christian story of creation inspired him to make the mural that he would create in his tomb.

    Christianity and sexuality were the axis of his artistic work, finally expressed in his masterpiece, which is considered one of the most emblematic pieces of his expressions: the Emanuel Vigeland Museum, which is currently run with the utmost discretion —the place is opened just a few hours. Thus, paying it a visit is a rare and precious experience, but one which is exceedingly enriching, worthy of a delicate and extravagant national treasure.  

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