Satyricon & Munch

Experience an atmospheric and unusual fusion of music and visual art in one of our largest halls. The black metal band Satyricon has created a musical composition specifically to be experienced in relation to selected paintings and graphics by Edvard Munch.


Floor 10
29.04.2022 – 28.08.2022

The Norwegian band Satyricon was formed in 1991 and is today one of the world’s most famous black metal bands. They have produced work straddling many genres throughout their career and collaborated with well-known artists and ensembles such as Anja Garbarek, Trondheimsolistene, and The Norwegian National Opera Chorus. Now you can experience the band in relation to Norway’s most famous artist – Edvard Munch – in one of MUNCH’s most spectacular halls.

Satyricon’s specially written music meets a selection of paintings and graphics by Munch. The result is a monumental and at the same time intimate experience that captures your senses the minute you step into the hall. The selected works of art draw on existential themes, but also rhythms and waves, which are features we recognise from the world of music. The intersection of Munch’s expressive motifs and Satyricon’s baseline-heavy music creates room for thought and reflection that goes beyond the realm of black metal alone. Just like Munch, Satyricon’s approach is open and inquisitive, constantly evolving. The exhibition’s music carries Satyricon’s unmistakable signature yet breaks away from anything they’ve previously created through its format, length, and expression.

A book with photographer Morten Andersen will also be published in connection with the exhibition, the book can be preordered here

Key works

 Edvard Munch: Anxiety. Oil(?) on canvas, 1894. Photo © Munchmuseet
A man buries his head in a woman’s lap. She embraces him, placing her mouth on the back of his neck. Her blood-red hair is draped around the man’s body. The room around them is dark.
Edvard Munch: Blossom of Pain. Hand-colored woodcut, 1898. Photo © Munchmuseet
Edvard Munch: The Human Mountain. Oil on canvas, 1909. Photo © Munchmuseet
Edvard Munch: Self-Portrait under the Mask of a Woman. Tempera on unprimed wooden panel, 1893. Photo © Munchmuseet
Edvard Munch: Desire. Litograph, 1898. Photo © Munchmuseet
Edvard Munch: The Kiss of Death. Lithography, 1899. Photo © Munchmuseet

from the exhibition

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