Björk, Iceland's most famous person and world famous singer and artist, is to be the subject of a full scale retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Museum of Modern Art to Stage Björk Retrospective
Featuring new music, film, and narrative, in addition to work from throughout her career
The Museum of Modern Art announces that it will present a full-scale retrospective dedicated to the multifaceted work of the composer, musician, and artist Björk in 2015. Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large at MoMA and Director of MoMA PS1, the exhibition Björk draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and adventurous projects and her seven full-length albums—from Debut (1993) to Biophilia (2011)—to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance. The installation will present a narrative, both biographical and imaginatively fictitious, cowritten by Björk and the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón Sigurdsson.
The museum will also premiere a new 3-D fusion of film and music by the Icelandic artist
Björk’s collaborations with video directors, photographers, fashion designers, and artists will be featured, and the exhibition culminates with a newly commissioned, immersive music and film experience conceived and realized with director Andrew Thomas Huang and 3-D design leader Autodesk. Björk will be on view from March 7 through June 7, 2015; MoMA is the sole venue.
"Björk is an extraordinarily innovative artist whose contributions to contemporary music, video, film, fashion, and art have had a major impact on her generation worldwide," MoMA Chief Curator at Large Klaus Biesenbach said in a press release. "This highly experimental exhibition offers visitors a direct experience of her hugely collaborative body of work."
Björk, now 48, started out in the 1980s as the lead singer in the band The Sugarcubes, before pursuing a solo career and releasing her solo album Debut in 1993, an album that has since sold 4.7m copies.
Along the way she won acclaim as an actor, taking the Best Actress award at Cannes, in 2000, for her role in Lars Von Trier's film Dancer in the Dark.
The retrospective announcement comes days after MoMA confirmed it had included Biophilia, Björk's 2011 album, in its permanent collection.
The album, described by Björk as her attempt to "define humanity's relationship with sound and the universe", was released in a pioneering album app format, and will be the first app to enter the museum's collection.
Watch Björk's classic video for "It's Oh So Quiet":