“How do you hang a song on a wall?”
This was Bjork’s main concern when Klaus Biesenbach, current Chief Curator at Large at the Museum of Modern Art, first approached her about mounting an exhibition of her work, way back in the year 2000.
Yet, Bjork — her work, her persona — has always encompassed more than just music.
“Bjork was the paradigmatic artist of the ‘90s,” says Biesenbach of the singer’s cross-collaborative, envelope-pushing approach to pop during that time. “But 15 years ago, a Bjork exhibition would have been a retrospective of her music videos.” Now, there’s much more.
Indeed, we’re currently living in a Bjork world. The Icelandic chanteuse has just released her ninth solo album, Vulnicara, a tour de force real-time chronicle of the dissolution of her 10-year relationship with artist Matthew Barney. Her iconic '90s look — raver meets anarcho-punk meets manic pixie wood sprite — has captured the imaginations of many young fashion designers for spring, particularly after the Marc by Marc Jacobs runway show, which had models sporting the singer's signature twisted top knots on their heads. And, of course, there's that long-gestating MoMA show, "Bjork," which finally opened March 8 and runs through June 7. Here’s what you can expect: