The One, The Only Björk at MOMA

Björk lovers, a retrospective exhibition of the weird-and-wonderful artist opens at The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York this Sunday, March 8. Tracing her career through visual art, film, objects, and costume, this a must-see for music and art lovers alike.

I’ve loved Björk from the very beginning. Whether it’s her unique voice, interesting style, or her ability to dip her toe into any genre and come out on top, what’s really amazing about this multifaceted artist is that she is unashamedly herself. Doing what she wants, how she wants has produced a plethora of raw songs, technology-defying music videos, and unconventional style choices (who can forget the Swan Dress she wore to the 2001 Oscars).


Still from the “All Is Full of Love”, 1999, directed by Chris Cunningham, music by Björk (image courtesy of One Little Indian)

Here’s a little preview of the exhibition from MOMA’s website (sadly, I’m not in New York and cannot attend): In the lobby, instruments used on Biophilia (2011)—a gameleste, pipe organ, gravity harp, and Tesla coil—play songs from the album throughout the day. On the second floor, in the Marron Atrium, two spaces have been constructed: one is dedicated to a new sound and video installation, commissioned by MOMA, for “Black Lake” (watch trailer below), a song from Björk’s new album Vulnicura (2015); and the second is a cinema room that screens a retrospective in music videos, from Debut (1993) to Biophilia. On the third floor, Songlines presents an interactive, location-based audio experience through Björk’s albums, with a biographical narrative that is both personal and poetic, written by the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón. Alongside are visuals, objects, and costumes, including the robots designed by Chris Cunningham for the “All Is Full of Love” video, Marjan Pejowski’s Swan Dress (2001), and Iris van Herpen’s Biophilia tour dress (2013), among others. Yep, as I’ve said. A must-see.

The exhibition continues until June 7, 2015. 

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