Master to Master

At this exhibition, music takes centre stage.

  • 4–19 February 2023
  • The National Museum – 1st floor

See the events in the exhibition

What happens when the visual arts meet music? "Master to Master" looks at the inspiration that takes places between musicians and visual artists. Dextra Musica, the DNB Savings Bank Foundation’s collection of rare string instruments, will be displayed along with works from the National Museum’s collection. During the exhibition period, you will have the opportunity to experience concerts with several of Norway’s leading musicians.

At the "Master to Master" exhibition, you can learn more about instruments and their famous makers. The exhibition is accompanied by a rich and varied program of concerts, commission pieces inspired by works in the collection, storytelling accompanied by music, guided tours, and evening screenings of films related to art and music. You will be able to learn more about for example the famed nineteenth-century Norwegian violin prodigy Ole Bull, or about musical and artistic communities that have influenced one another.



A particular highlight of the exhibition will be the four quartets of string instruments made by the world-famous Italian luthiers Stradivari, Guarneri, Guadagnini, and Gofriller. The instruments will be presented alongside works by the Danish artist Peder Severin Krøyer. Krøyer made these works while the famous Neruda Quartet played in his Copenhagen studio, where he drew and painted both the musicians and the onlookers in a furious tempo.

Peder Severin Krøyer, «Music in the studio», 1886.
Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Børre Høstland

International instrument symposium. The event will gather luthiers, musicians and representatives from string instrument foundations, to meet and be inspired.
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Some of the musicians playing in the National Museum during the exhibition period:

Alex Robson, Alma Kraggerud, Anders Kjellberg Nilsson, Anne Hytta & Telemark Kammerorkester, Atle Sponberg, Bjarne Magnus Jensen, Berit Cardas, Bjørg Lewis, Cam Kjoll, Catherine Bullock, Cellisimo Oslo, Dan Styffe, Det Norske Kammerorkester, Eivind Ringstad, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Elise Båtnes, Engegårdkvartetten, Ema Grcman, Erlend Apneseth, Frode Haltli, Geir Inge Lotsberg, Guro Kleven Hagen, Gunnar Flagstad, Harpreet Bansal, Håvard Gimse, Helga Myhr, Henning Kraggerud, Henninge Landaas, Ingerine Dahl, Iver Cardas, Johannes Martens, Juniororkesteret, Juniorsolistene, Kenneth Ryland, Kolbjørn Holthe, Magnus Boye Hansen, Marcus Michelin, Maria Angelica Carlsen, Marianne Thorsen, Martin Sturfält, Michael Grolid, Nora Taksdal, Opus 13, Oslo strykekvartett, Ottar Kåsa, Ragna Rian, Ragnhild Hemsing,  Rasmus Hella Mikkelsen, Sara Övinge, Stephan Barratt-Due, Tanja Orning, Terje Tønnesen, Tor Espen Aspaas, Tord Gustavsen, Torleif Thedéen, Torun Stavseng, Trio Taus, Vertavokvartetten, Øystein Birkeland, Øyvind Bjorå og Øyvind Gimse.