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Western Telemark had four great sculptures in the 1900s: Gunnar Utsond, Anne Grimdalen, Dyre Vaa, and Knut Skinnarland. Knut Skinnarland was, as Dyre Vaa, a student of Wilhelm Rasmussen at the Art Academy in Oslo and in Rauland Art Museum you can see rich collection of sculptures and a reconstructed ateliers.
Alongside Gustav Vigeland, was Dyre Vaa (1903-1980) the sculptor that has had the most influence on Norwegian sculpting. He was born in Kviteseid and lived in Oslo for a long time before moving in to Rauland in the 1930s. During his study period, he was a student of Gunnar Utsond and Wilhelm Rasmussen at the Art Academy in Oslo.
Many of Vaa’s sculptures are in Oslo, probably most famous for his fairy tale figures at the Anker Bridge (Ankerbrua) and the wolves at Ila. He made the Seamen’s Monument in Bergen and three figures for the Nidaros Cathedral. He was also a painter.
Dyre Vaa gave most of his plaster originals to the municipality of Vinje. In 1981, the Dyre Vaa exhibits opened.
Open with tours from Juli to mid-August or upon request.
An important part of Knut Skinnarland’s work is related to the restoration of the western front of the Nidaros Catheral, where he contributed with four figures. He is also known for a monument of a fisherman in Ålesund and in Akureyri (Iceland), and for the portraits of Aasmund Olavsson Vinje and Sondre Nordheim.
In 1994, the Skinnarland exhibit opened, in walking distance from the Dyre Vaa exhibit. Here there is a copy of his atelier in Rauland. Every year there is an exhibit with pieces for sale.
Open with guide from July to mid-August or upon request.