The Museum of Modern Art in New York is to present a retrospective of the multifaceted work of composer, musician, and singer Björk.
The exhibition, which opens on 8th March 2015, draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and innovative projects and her eight full-length albums to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, and costumes.
Photograph by Danny Clinch
Debut, 1993, Jean Baptiste Mondino
This photo captures Björk at the start of her solo venture, and is the most stark and simple of her career.
Post, 1995, Stéphane Sednaoui
Björk’s second album explored the isolation she felt from her friends and family in Iceland. For this cover, Me Company surround her with giant abstract postcards that represented the communication between the peripatetic artist and her loved ones. The image was photographed on a street in London.
Homogenic, 1997, Nick Knight
Björk approached fashion designer Alexander McQueen to create an outfit that would evoke Homogenic’s song about a someone who “had to become a warrior. A warrior who had to fight not with weapons, but with love.”
This ethereal artwork mirrors the delicacy and introverted romance of her album, which detailed her new relationship with the artist Matthew Barney. The swan, as famously seen at the Academy Awards in 2001, was illustrated by the design studio M/M Paris.
This album was initially named Ink, because Björk wanted it to symbolise the “5,000-year-old blood that’s inside us all; an ancient spirit that’s passionate and dark, a spirit that survives”.
Volta, 2007, Nick Knight
This cover echoes the bright, bombastic sound of the singer’s seventh album, and was a collaboration between the German fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm and British fashion photographer Nick Knight.
Biophilia, 2011, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
The Biophilia cover depicts a bewigged Björk as a kind of sci-fi Mother Earth. The image weaves together elements of the universe, as illustrated by M/M Paris.
Vulnicura, 2015, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
The cover character for the singer’s most personal album yet was created by Björk and the Dutch husband-and-wife photography duo Inez and Vinoodh.