Björk Gets MoMA Retrospective


A Klaus Biesenbach-curated retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art is not a bad way to make your art world debut. In 2015 a show dedicated to Icelandic pop star Björk—famous for her genre-straddling solo albums, otherworldly voice and avant-garde fashion choices—will chronicle her 20-year career, starting with material related to her first album, Debut (1993).

“Björk” (Mar. 7-June 7, 2015) will include costumes, instruments, objects and videos, as well as a “biographical and imaginatively fictitious” narrative written by Björk and Sjón Sigurdsson, an Icelandic poet. (Sigurdsson has occasionally performed with Björk’s band the Sugarcubes.) Biesenbach has also commissioned a new film and music installation, a collaboration with Andrew Huang, who directed the popular video for Björk’s song “Mutual Core,” from her most recent album Biophilia (2011).

Biesenbach has a history of bringing music-related projects into MoMA and PS1’s hallowed halls: in 2011 the museum commissioned a new work by Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons) which was performed at Radio City Music Hall; the next year the German electronic band Kraftwerk performed for eight nights in MoMA’s atrium; and last May, as part of Ragnar Kjartansson’s piece for PS1’s performance series Sunday Sessions, the Brooklyn rock band the National played their song “Sorrow” repeatedly for six hours.