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MoMA To Host Björk Retrospective

Published June 26, 2014

The New York museum plans to pay tribute to Icelandic singer in a new 'highly experimental exhibition'

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The New York museum plans to pay tribute to Icelandic singer in a new 'highly experimental exhibition'

MoMA have announced a Björk retrospective set to open in 2015 comprising of the singer’s costumes, instruments, and video collaborations.

As reported, MoMA acquired Björk’s Biophilia app earlier in the month. The app along with over two decades worth of Björk’s work will be a part of the exhibition. The Biophilia app, made for the iPad, accompanied the track-by-track release of her last record – also called Biophilia – and was one of the first examples of music released through an app. It is the first app to be collected by the museum.

MoMA officials promise “a highly experimental exhibition experience” for visitors, which will be more of an installation than a traditional museum show.

The Telegraph reports that Björk will co-write the installation’s narrative with Icelandic writer Sjón Sigurdsson; it will explain her life biographically, but with a nod to fiction. As well as showing the musician’s previous collaborations with video directors, fashion designers and artists, there will be a newly commissioned film and music project as part of the exhibition.

“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.” Klaus Biesenbach, chief-curator-at-large for MoMA told the Guardian. “This highly experimental exhibition offers visitors a direct experience of her hugely collaborative body of work.”


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