From her euphoric electro smash Big Time Sensuality to her boundary-pushing, iPad-app accompanied Biophilia album – singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Björk is undoubtedly one of the most innovative and inimitable musicians of our modern times. With this in mind, New York’s MoMA is honouring her priceless creative contribution to audio and visual artistry with a full-scale retrospective exploring her colourful 20+ year career.
Like the Icelandic songbird’s many multifaceted records, the self-titled showcase is an immersive experience that kicks off immediately as you step inside the atrium with a self-playing gameleste, pipe organ, gravity harp, and Tesla coil providing an ethereal soundtrack. The main exposé centres on a loosely factual narrative – co-written by Björk and acclaimed wordsmith Sjón – that poetically chronicles events spanning the two decades since the release of her critically acclaimed, breakthrough album Debut. In addition to a cinema room screening her many experimental music videos, the exhibition also assembles costumes and clothing (yes, the iconic swan dress is in there), conceptual art and props, including the robots from the All Is Full of Love video. Björk buffs will also be treated to a new music and video installation, entitled Black Lake, which was specially created by the artist for the event. Expect queues – oh so quiet, it certainly won’t be!
Until 7 June 2015.
MoMA / 11 W 53rd St / +1 212 708 9400 / 10.30am-5.30pm Sat-Thu, till 8pm Fri / timed tickets are required for some sections of the exhibition and are available same-day and on-site only, at no additional charge / moma.org