Bjork is set to have an epic year. Her new album, Vulnicura, was released digitally a few days ago (two months early to get ahead of leaks), and it's a stunner. A sonic document of heartbreak, it shreds, in the cosmic sense: it aches, it keens, it cuts me to shimmering ribbons. The hard copy will be released in March, and this is one instance where I'm sure I'll rebuy it then, as so much of what makes her an exceptional artist are her visuals.
Fitting then that she's also being given a retrospective at MoMA in the spring. I'm over the moon about this, and can't wait to walk amongst her costumes, album art, videos, et al.:
March 8–June 7, 2015
Organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art, and Director, MoMA PS1.
This exhibition will also see the release of an accompanying book called Bjork: Archives, which sounds like an incredible artifact unto itself:
Bjork is a contemporary icon whose contributions to music, video, film, fashion and art have influenced a generation worldwide. Here, now, is the ultimate celebration of this multimillion-selling superstar. Designed by top design studio M/M (Paris) as a slipcased world of wonders, this publication which accompanies springs exhibition on Bjork at The Museum of Modern Art is composed of six parts: four booklets, a paperback and a poster. Each booklet contains illustrated texts by, respectively, Klaus Biesenbach, Alex Ross, Nicola Dibben and Timothy Morton, while the poster features artwork of Bjorks albums and singles. The main book focuses on her seven major albums Debut, Post, Homogenic, Vespertine, Medulla, Volta and Biophilia and the personas created for each one. Poetic texts by longtime collaborator, Icelandic author Sjón, are accompanied by shots of Bjork performing live; multiple stills from music videos made by directors including Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham and Spike Jonze; images of Bjork in breathtaking costumes by designers such as Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan; and shots by star photographers such as Nan Goldin, Juergen Teller, Stephane Sednaoui, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, and Araki. All combine to form an extraordinary visual masterpiece, celebrating the magical world of Bjork.
I am dizzy with anticipation.