Rockheim is located at the harbour, just a ﬁ ve minutes walk from Trondheim Central Station. Here you will ﬁnd music and cultural history presented in the form of interactive exhibits and objects from the museum’s collection. The exhibitions are adapted for visitors of all generations, and you will also ﬁ nd an excellent restaurant with view over both the fjord and the city.
Music is a source of enjoyment. It creates a sense of belonging and offers new experiences. But it is also a vital source of knowledge of ourselves and our cultural history. Behind the scenes, Rockheim’s staff is engaged in managing and researching Norway’s pop and rock music, and in making it accessible to the public.
The visit to Rockheim begins in the spectacular “Top Box”. From the main exhibit on the 6th floor you proceed down floor by floor. The music and stories are communicated by means of interactive exhibit technology and objects from the museum’s collections. You are welcomed by Rockheim’s guides, who will be your hosts and will answer your questions about the exhibits.
Explore the temporary exhibition Soli Deo Gloria - an exhibition about christianity an poppular music
"Ten Sing has recruited more people to popular music than punk"
Audun Molde, musicologist and author of «POP. En historie».
In the 60s, Christian pop artist Arvid Wangberg sparked controversy when his songs featured drums. Today, artists like Motorpsycho and Aurora perform in the Nidaros Cathedral.
Even though music with Christian content has sold well and bred several popular artists, it is often overlooked in the story of Norwegian popular music. This year`s major exhibition at Rockheim is about the relationship between Christianity and popular music in Norway. With both a historic and thematic look, it will also examine what it means to be an artist and a believer in today`s society.
Inner and outer conflicts are prominent in the exhibition, ranging from the American proto rockers like Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Elvis – all from the Pentecostal church – to houses of prayer, the Jesus revival and Ten Sing in Norway. Diversity is the essence, and while some have tried to maintain a Christian music milieu, institutions like Kirkelig Kulturverksted work towards building bridges between the traditionally separated secular and religious cultures.
A complex, fascinating and comprehensive story is told through video interviews, installations, music and more – to conjure an impression of both dissonance and spirituality.