Björk at the Museum of Modern Art in New York

She is Iceland’s most famous musician and has, since the beginning of her career, always taken an innovative and daring approach to her music.  Now, the Museum of Modern Art in New York is doing a retrospect of the multifaceted work of the singer, composer and musician Björk. The exhibition draws from over twenty years of her career; her innovative work and collaboration with directors, photographers, designers, artists and other experimental practitioners. The exhibition is a product of a close collaboration between Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large at MoMA  and Björk.

Björk, Homogenic, 1997 Credit: Photography by Nick Knight. Image courtesy of Wellhart Ltd & One Little Indian

Björk, Homogenic, 1997
Credit: Photography by Nick Knight. Image courtesy of Wellhart Ltd & One Little Indian

The exhibition begins with the release of Björk´s first mature solo album, Debut, in 1993 and proceeds through her career up to her most recent work Vulnicura in 2015. The instruments used on Biophilia (2011) will be exhibited playing songs from the album at different points throughout the day. A space will be dedicated to a new sound and video installation, “Black Lake” a song from Björk´s new album Vulnicura (2015), commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art. There will also be a cinema room screening a retrospective in music videos from Debut to Biophilia.

Björk, “Mutual Core” video still, 2012. Credit: Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, Image courtesy of Wellhart Ltd & One Little Indian

Björk, “Mutual Core” video still, 2012.
Credit: Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, Image courtesy of Wellhart Ltd & One Little Indian

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 Still from “All is Full of Love” music video. 1999. Image courtesy of One Little Indian

With The Oscars ceremony just over there’s been a lot of talk about who wore what, as well as about the best and worst outfits. Björk’s famous Swan dress is very often mentioned as one of the most memorable dresses. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to view this famous dress designed by Marjan Pejowski at the exhibition and also the Biophilia tour dress (2013) by Iris van Herpen among other outfits.

Bjork. Still from “Black Lake,” commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, 2015. Courtesy of Wellhart and One Little Indian

                                        Bjork. Still from “Black Lake,” commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, 2015. Courtesy of Wellhart and One Little Indian

Throughout her career Björk has been open to different types of collaborations to visualize and express her music and lyrics. She has worked with photographers, film-and video-makers, designers, architects, crafters and inventors. She crosses over into all categories of high and low culture, digital and analog, into most creative fields, states Mr. Biesenbach. The exhibition explores Björk’s unique place in contemporary art and celebrates her highly original and significant music, compositions, performances and visual presentations and is well worth a visit to get a good overview of her career over the past two decades.

The exhibition runs from March 8 to June 7, 2015. More information can be found on the museums website.

 

Photo By: Feature Photo: Björk, Biophilia, 2011 Credit: By M/M (Paris) Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Image courtesy of Wellhart Ltd & One Little Indian
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