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November 15 , 2005

Salmon and Sausages

“Ikke bare laks og pølser” translates into German as “Nicht nur Lachs und Würstchen” and English as “Not just salmon and sausages” and is the rather self-effacing title of a major exhibition addressing Norwegian-German relations from 1905 to 2005. The exhibition, which opened on 25th October at the Norsk Teknisk Museum in Oslo, travels next year to Bergen and Trondheim and in autumn 2006 arrives at the Museum für Kommunikation in Berlin. It explores the sometimes troubled and often productive relationships between Germany and Norway. The part of the exhibition dealing with the arts is headlined “Grieg und Garbarek – Goethe und Grass” and makes special mentions of ECM’s support of Norwegian jazz. Garbarek’s old tenor saxophone – as played in the legendary Garbarek/Stenson quartet – is only one of many fascinating items on display.

The exhibition has been supported by the foreign ministries of both countries. For more information: www.lachsundwuerstchen.de