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Collage of the four bands participating in the Munch + Music project
Munch + Music: 4 artists’ interpretation of Munch.
Photo: Bleed / Fastland / Innovation Norway

Munch + Music


To celebrate the opening of the new Munch Museum in Oslo in 2021, we challenged four booming Norwegian artists to create music inspired by Edvard Munch’s paintings.

You can look at a painting and music starts playing in your head. Music that can reach into your mind and pull out thoughts of the work by one of the world’s most celebrated artists – the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch.

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Collage of four Munch paintings for the Munch + Music project
Edvard Munch paintings.
Photo: The Munch Museum

The musicians were free to choose their paintings, and whilst some had a special place in their heart for certain pieces, others focused more on finding a match of themes and tones. The results are highly diverse tracks that will contribute to the celebrations when the new Munch Museum opens in 2021, as well as to major international Munch exhibitions in cities such as Tokyo, Moscow, London, and Beijing.

The new museum, designed by the renowned Spanish architect Juan Herreros, will be an attraction in itself. Not only will it house Munch’s artworks – there will also be exciting temporary exhibitions and events. The museum will stand in contrast to the surrounding buildings and, true to its location, the Oslofjord will be reflected in the huge glass surfaces. It will undoubtedly open more eyes to the appeal and accessibility of the oeuvre of Edvard Munch. He is, after all, one of the most influential and inspirational artists of all times – even in the world of music.

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