Black Metal Meets Edvard Munch in Oslo

Black Metal Meets Edvard Munch in Oslo

The 18th Inferno Metal Festival in Oslo 2018 offered legends of Norwegian black metal bands as well as cultural excursions. For the first time, festival participants could enjoy a guided tour to the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s sites in Oslo.

Black metal fans are a cultural bunch of people, not only interested in metal bands like Satyricon and Napalm Death. Proof was the about 20 participants joining the guided tour offered by Northway – unique tours of Norway.

Black Metal Meets Edvard Munch in Oslo
Festival participant Åsmund Sjupant watching a Munch painting

One of the guests, Åsmund Djupang from Norway had never been to the National Gallery in Oslo before. Now he could learn from Edvard Munch specialist and co-owner of Northway, Silvia Leine, about Munch’s life and art in the Edvard Munch room, containing world famous paintings like the Scream, Madonna and Girls on the Bridge.

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Black Metal Meets Edvard Munch in Oslo
Black Metal band Satyricon’s album cover ‘Deep calleth upon deep’

The Norwegian black metallers, the Satyricon, featured a drawing by Edvard Munch as their latest album’s macabre cover artwork. “I like it,” said Åsmund Djupang, “but I have heard that several black metal fans don’t like it,” he adds.

Black Metal Meets Edvard Munch in Oslo
20 festival participants joined the Edvard Munch excursion during the Oslo Easter this year

The excursion began at Edvard Munch’s first home in Oslo, in which he lived from the age 5 to 12, and ended at the Ekeberg Park. It was in fact in conjunction with a walk at Ekeberg that Edvard Munch had the experience which led to the world-famous painting and icon The Scream. The Munch Spot is the place where one of the world’s most influential artists, Marina Abramovic, paid homage to Munch with her interactive performance in 2013.

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Black Metal Meets Edvard Munch in Oslo
Black metal lovers are not singleminded

A total of 270 Oslo residents participated in what is now immortalized on both film and photo. Today, visitors can see a modern version of the view of the city and the fjord which the artist immortalized as the backdrop for the angst-ridden figure in the painting.

Festival participant Joseph Aprill from Los Angeles visited the festival for the first time. “I am interested in Scandinavian Black Metal,” he says. “I have been to London, Stockholm and Bergen before to enjoy the genre.” He tells us that he has inherited the interest for finer arts from his parents and aims to visit at least one art gallery on his black metal. In addition to the Munch excursion, he had been to the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art.

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Black Metal Meets Edvard Munch in Oslo
Festival participants Pawel Dzjepak from Poland and Joseph Aprill from California enjoying a break during the Edvard Munch excursion in Oslo

Both he and Pawel Dzjepak from Poland agree that Inferno Festival offers a good mix of bands, nice sound and a few positive surprises. For them the highlights were the bands Wiegedood from Belgium and Emperor from Norway.

Northway is a Norwegian travel agency, specializing in small tailor made guided tours (maximum 20 people). Its task is to organize memorable travel experiences for private travelers as well as businesses. The tours are tailor-made according to requirements. A representative from Northway will gladly accompany during the entire tours to ensure quality assurance.

Black Metal Meets Edvard Munch in Oslo
Silvia Leine from Northway Travel guided the tailor made excursion

“The huge interest for Edvard Munch’s art during the later years has enticed us to cooperate with some of the foremost specialists on the artist,” says Silvia Leine, looking forward to the opening of the new Edvard Munch museum in Oslo in 2020. The contours of the twelve-story tall new building drawn by the Spanish architect Juan Herreros, is clearly visible from the Ekeberg Park.

Black Metal Meets Edvard Munch in Oslo, written by Tor Kjolberg
All photos: Tor Kjolberg

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Journalist, PR and marketing consultant Tor Kjolberg has several degrees in marketing management. He started out as a marketing manager in Scandinavian companies and his last engagement before going solo was as director in one of Norway’s largest corporations. Tor realized early on that writing engaging stories was more efficient and far cheaper than paying for ads. He wrote hundreds of articles on products and services offered by the companies he worked for. Thus, he was attuned to the fact that storytelling was his passion.