Satyricon and Munch exhibition opens in Oslo

The world famous Munch museum in Oslo has always been a popular destination for those visiting the Norwegian capital. Now black metal followers have an even greater incentive to pay a visit following a unique musical alignment with Satyricon.

The black metal legends have created a musical composition specifically to be experienced in a new exhibition titled Satyricon & Munch alongside selected paintings and graphics by Edvard Munch. Not only does this continue to present Munch’s extraordinary work in a new light, but the result is also a monumental yet intimate experience.

Frontman Satyr and his musical partner Frost created a 56-minute-long composition entitled Satyricon & Munch, which is now available to stream or purchase on all digital platforms. Pre-orders for the album’s physical formats are available today over at the Napalm Records Store.

The intersection of Munch’s expressionist images and Satyricon’s music creates a space for contemplation that goes way beyond the traditional form of black metal. Like the legendary Norwegian artist, Satyricon’s approach is open, inquisitive and constantly evolving. The music is stamped with an unmistakable signature, but the piece’s style, duration and expressiveness display a new angle on their previous work.

‘“I don’t paint what I see, but what I saw”, was how Munch explained his own artistic approach,’ says frontman Satyr. “While working on this music, I have approached this series of Munch’s works in the same way. “The feeling they have left behind in me“, as he put it, is what I have been trying to evoke, and that’s what the Satyricon & Munch exhibition is all about for me.’

The Munch artworks selected for this exhibition draw on existential themes, and are carefully curated in order to create rhythms and waves that work in tandem with the music.

‘In this show the public can look forward to an incredible meeting between music and art,’ says Munch director Stein Olav Henrichsen. ‘Munch will continue to offer challenges and surprises with these types of untraditional and exciting culture-clashes.’

The Munch museum re-opened in October 2021 with an impressive building in the heart of Oslo, that gained even more attention worldwide. The collaboration between one of the world’s most well-known black metal bands and the museum is unique on a worldwide scale.

You can watch Satyr and exhibition curator Trine Otte Bak Nielsen talk about the creation of the music and exhibition below.

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