MoMA is preparing to celebrate adventurous projects of Icelandic composer and artist Björk. Costumes, instruments, and video collaborations from the pop singer's extensive career are to be showcased next month in a major retrospective in New York.
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).
Björk 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 will chronicle Björk's life, performances, costumes and instruments, and her work in music, art and film. The show will have an installation, devised by her, which will present a retrospective with a biographical and imaginatively fictitious narrative.
The exhibition culminates with a newly commissioned, immersive music and film experience, created and realized with the director Andrew Thomas Huang and 3-D design leader Autodesk.
“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,” said Klaus Biesenbach, MoMA's chief curator at large. “This highly experimental exhibition offers visitors a direct experience of her hugely collaborative body of work.”