MoMA Stages Retrospective for Icelandic Icon Björk

Image still courtesy of “All Is Full of Love” music video. 1999. Directed by Chris Cunningham. Music by Björk. Image courtesy of One Little Indian
Image still courtesy of “All Is Full of Love” music video. 1999. Directed by Chris Cunningham. Music by Björk. Image courtesy of One Little Indian

Perhaps Iceland’s most famous export is musician-actress Björk. Born in Reykjavík, Iceland in 1965, the artist has had 30 singles reach the Top 40 on various international pop charts, won a Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, shown off her fashion quirkiness with a now-infamous swan dress at the 2001 Academy Awards, and released countless projects involving visuals, instruments, objects and performance, such as the music apps she created for her last album, a children’s education program and musical robots.

In appreciation of all Björk’s creative and artistic achievements, the Museum of Modern Art is launching a retrospective of her work that will run from March 8, 2015 to June 7, 2015. The exhibit will feature visual and audio samples from Björk’s 20-year career, including excerpts from her seven music albums (starting with 1993’s Debut to 2011’s Biophilia), various films, music videos, photography, fashion designs, and more.

The overall installation will also feature music and videos from Vulnicura, Björk’s 12th studio album. (Though she originally intended to release the introspective album around the time of the MoMA exhibit and new world tour, an online leak forced her to release the album early.) To help highlight the vastness of Björk’s musical repertoire, MoMA is building a room filled with speakers so that visitors can fully immerse themselves in the artist’s extensive career. According to the New York Times, the show will also give headphones to 100 visitors at a time in order to experience the exhibit with “location-based triggering.”

“It will be some cacophony of sound,” Björk told them. “There’s obviously some risk involved. But if it’s not dangerous, it’s not worth doing.”

To learn more about Björk’s hometown, consider booking a trip to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital and largest city and one of Celebrity Cruises’s modern ports.

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