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Björk’s Quirks

Björk’s Quirks


With a Museum of Modern Art exhibition, the Icelandic icon shares her creative genius

Still from 'Black Lake'

Weather got you down? Brave New York's wintry mix and head to MoMA this month to catch the new Bjork exhibit, the perfect winter weekend plan. Iceland's greatest living export is on fine display in this exhibit curated by MoMA's own Klaus Biesenbach.

The show lacks the grand scale of the David Bowie Victor & Albert show from 2013, as only her post-Sugarcubes solo career is represented here, but Bjork holds many treasures.


There's lyric-scribbled notebooks with coffee cup rings, the swan dress designed by Marjan Pejowski she wore to the Oscars, and various props from her videos, including the horny robots from the Kubrick-esque "All Is Full of Love" directed by Chris Cunningham.

It is in her visionary videos that Bjork's full artistry really dazzles. For the past 20 years, she's always paired her lush music with the best designers and directors, making each clip a three minute masterpiece. Just watch the amazing, sorta NSFW "Pagan Poetry," directed by British fashion photographer Nick Knight. Best of all is "Black Lake," an Andrew Thomas Huang-helmed film for the 10 minute sad suite and centerpiece of her new album Vulnicura, created especially for MoMA. She crawls around a dead lake bed, bemonaning the end of her relationship with art star husband Matthew Barney, banging her head and thrashing volcanic ash everywhere. Powerful stuff. Even a frosty old school fan like myself teared up a little.

Bjork exhibition, March 8-June 7 at the Museum of Art, New York.

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