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The Holy Spirit speaks many languages; among them the languages of art in all its forms. Frank Tracy Griswold

Christianity and Art

Norway

NORWAY

ORGANIZATIONS AND WEBSITES
 
Jakob Culture Church, Hausmannsgate 14, Oslo. Jakob Church of Culture is situated in the eastern part of central Oslo. It is an old neo gothic church building, that in 2000 was taken over by record company KKV (Kirkelig Kulturverksted) and turned it into a sacred building for the arts. First of all it serves as a brilliant concert facility, housing 550 people, but besides that, theatre performances and art exhibitions frequently take place in the old building. www.jakob.no (N, E)
 
KULT – Center for Arts, Culture and Church, Oslo. www.kirken.no/oslo/index.cfm?id=364709 (N)
 
Norske Kirke: Kirke – Kunst – Kultur. Pages on the website of the Norwegian (Lutheran) Church about church architecture, visual art, music and the cultural department.
 
Valestrand Culture Church, Sveio. www.kulturkyrkja.no (N)
 
 
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
 
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Department of Archaeology and Religious Studies: Prof. Sigurd Bergmann is concerned with the visual arts, architecture and religion.www.ntnu.edu/employees/sigurd.bergmann
 
University of Oslo, Department of Theology: Prof. Christoffersen concerns himself with aesthetics of religion. He is conducting the research project ‘Sensibility and Transcendence: The Holy and the Sublime in the Perspective of the Aesthetics of Religion.’
 
 
GALLERIES
 
Oslo:
- Jakob Culture Church, Hausmannsgate 14, Oslo. Jakob Church of Culture is situated in the eastern part of central Oslo. It is an old neo gothic church building, that in 2000 was taken over by record company KKV (Kirkelig Kulturverksted) and turned it into a sacred building for the arts. First of all it serves as a brilliant concert facility, housing 550 people, but besides that, theatre performances and art exhibitions frequently take place in the old building. www.jakob.no (N, E)
- KULT – Center for Arts, Culture and Church, Oslo. www.kirken.no/oslo/index.cfm?id=364709 (N)
 
Sveio:
Valestrand Culture Church, Sveio. www.kulturkyrkja.no (N)
 
 
MUSEUMS
 
Bærum (15 km. from Oslocentre):
- Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, owns several important works by Weidemann. Among these are The Capercaillie flies off (a major work from the Woodland-floor period) and the monumental works of the 1960s The Road to Jerusalem, The Crown of Thorns, Fog in Gethsemane and Hommage à El Greco.
 
Oslo:
- The Vigelandpark in the middle of the big Frognerpark in Oslo is perhaps the best known park in Norway. The park has 212 stones, granite and bronze sculptures, all made from 1907 until 1942 by the sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Many sculptures symbolize the cycle of human life. At the bottom of the bridge the development of an embryo to a toddler, while around the monolith all phases of man’s life are depicted. The Vigelandpark has free access throughout the year. http://vigeland.museum.no/en (N, E)
- Emanuel Vigeland Museum at Slemdal is one of Oslo's best kept secrets. The museum's main attraction is a dark, barrel-vaulted room, completely covered with fresco paintings. The 800 sq.m. fresco Vita depicts human life from conception till death, in dramatic and often explicitly erotic scenes. Emanuel Vigeland (1875-1948), Gustav Vigeland's younger brother, erected the building in 1926, intended as a museum for his sculptures and paintings. He eventually decided that the museum should also serve as a mausoleum. Influenced by Italian prototypes, he named his building Tomba Emmanuelle. www.emanuelvigeland.museum.no/museum.htm (N, E) 
 
Trondheim:
- The Nidaros Cathedral and Archbishop's Palace. Today the Archbishop's Palace has become a major museum complex about Trondheim's and Norway's history. The museum features the original sculptures from Nidaros Cathedral as well as an archaeological exhibition. One can also visit the great hall dating from the 1160s where the archbishop would receive his visitors and where he had his private quarters.
 
Utstein:                                                                                                                                                        
- Utstein Abbey (Utstein Kloster) is Norway's best-preserved medieval monastery, located on the island of Mosterøy in Rennesøy municipality, Rogaland county. The premises are now used for a conference centre, museum, concert hall and a variety of educational and leisure purposes. The abbey can be reached from Stavanger in 30 minutes by road through the Rennfast undersea tunnel. Beautiful medieval church with typical Norwegian decoration. www.utstein-kloster.no/index.cfm (N)