Watch: Munch meets black metal in a strange new musical and artistic combo from Norway


What do the great Norwegian Edvard Munch and the heavy metal band Satyricon have in common?

Both may have made Oslo their home and are well known beyond Norway’s borders, yet both are known for very different, albeit dark, forms of expression. One is the late master of The Scream and other expressive and moving works, the other a contemporary musical duo known for what is known as black metal.

Today, the Munch Museum in Oslo brings the two forms of expression together, and Satyricon has adapted musical compositions to paintings and graphics selected by Munch in a rare new exhibition.

According to the museum, the result is “an atmospheric and unusual fusion of music and visual art.”

Visitors can see Satyricon & Munch exhibition until August 28.

The new Munch Museum opened six months ago in the Norwegian capital near the Oslo Opera House. It spans 13 floors and exhibits thousands of works of art that Munch (1863-1944) bequeathed to the city.

Among them are several works with the motif The Scream, which made the Norwegian world famous.

The Norwegian band Satyricon, founded in 1991, is today one of the most famous black metal bands in the world. The band consists of vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven and drummer Kjetil “Frost” Haraldstad.

The extraordinary works of Munch are to be seen in a new light in connection with the music, and the intertwining of images and music is also to give a space for reflection that goes beyond the simple listening of black metal or visiting a gallery. – dpa


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