Exhibition Björk

PHOTO: Jonathan Muzikar

Twenty-two years is a long period of time. Styles evolve, trends come and go, and even tastes change—all fascinating material for any career retrospective. Even more so when your subject is Björk, the critically acclaimed Icelandic composer, musician and singer. Not only has she won countless music awards (nominated 13 times for the Grammys, but yet to win), but Björk has also produced over eight full-length albums of tunes, music videos and performances where she has reinvented herself time and again. As a robot or a geisha, living underwater or with a cat as a partner—Björk has built an utterly fascinating universe of signs and symbols around her music in collaboration with a stellar cast of creatives ranging from the innovative film directors Michel Gondry and Spike Jones to edgy fashion designers including the late Alexander McQueen, and more recently, Iris Van Herpen. So when the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City announced it was organizing her retrospective—coming after its stagings of German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk and performance artist Marina Abramovic —it seemed like a dream exhibition come through for her legions of fans.

Read the rest in art4d‘s issue 225

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