Tone Vigeland

Tone Vigeland (1938-2024) was one of Norway’s most recognized artists. She received her artistic education from the National College of Art, Craft and Design in Oslo and from the 1970’s and onwards, she was one of the world’s leading studio jewellery artists. Since the mid 1990’s she increasingly worked with sculptures and installations, often times on a monumental scale. She exhibited regularly since the early 1960s and was represented in innumerable arts and crafts expositions internationally.
Her works are held in collections such as the National Museum in Oslo, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. In 2014, Vigeland was the Festival Exhibition Artist at the Bergen International Festival, and in 2017 she was honoured with a retrospective exhibition at Die Neue Sammlung in Munich. In 2022, Vigeland completed an outdoor sculpture for Kistefos Museum in Jevnaker, Norway.

Selected works


Morten andenæs portrait of tone vigeland, 2017 (press)
Photo: Morten Andenæs

Tone Vigeland 1938-2024
Lived and worked in Oslo


1955 National College of Art, Craft and Design, Oslo


2018 Tone Vigeland. Jewelry and Scupture, Dronning Sonja KunstStall, Oslo
2018 Tone Vigeland. Retrospective, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway
2017 Tone Vigeland, Jewelry – Object – Sculpture. Pinakothek der Moderne. Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich
2014 Muster, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
2010 New Works, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2007 New Works, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2004 Sculpture, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2000 Sculptures, Galleri Riis, Oslo
1996 Object, Galleri Riis, Oslo
1996-1998 The Jewellery of Tone Vigeland 1958-95, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas, USA; Museé des Arts Décoratifs, Montreál, Canada; Elvehjem Museum of Art, Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA; Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design, New York, USA
1995 Tone Vigeland. Jewellery 1958-1995, Kunstindustrimuseet, The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
1983 Artwear, New York, USA
1981 Electrum Gallery, London, UK
1967 Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo


2016 Tendencies 2016, Grand Old Ladies & New Kids on the Block, Galleri F15, Moss, Norway
2015 Poor Art – Rich Legacy. Arte Povera and Parallel Practices 1968–2015, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
2015 Update, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2014 Preview, Galleri Riis, Oslo
2013 Jan Groth + Tone Vigeland, The Vigeland Museum, Oslo
2012 Craft Spoken Here, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
2010 Goddesses, Museet for Samtidskunst, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
2007 Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde-Jewellery from the Helen William Drutt Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
2005 The Picture of Patronage in the 21st Century: Selections of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
2000 Jan Groth Drawings, Tone Vigeland Sculptures, Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark
2000 Ornaments from there, Ornaments from here, Incidences, Coincidences, Musée de Design et d’Arts Appliqués Contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland
1992 IIIéme Triennale du Bijou, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France
1986 International Jewellery Art Exhibition, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
1960 Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
1959-1964 Foreningen Brukskunsts høstmønstring, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo


Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker, Norway


Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, USA
Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
Banner-Stiftung, Danner-Ritunde. Die Neue Samlung at Piakothek der Modern, München, Germany
Danish Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Oslo Kommune Kunstsamling, Oslo, Norway
Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
Museene i Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
KORO, Norway
Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum, Trondheim, Norway
National Gallery of Australia, Australia