Next year, Björk‘s influence on art will get its due. Beginning in March, the Museum of Modern Art in New York will hold a full-scale retrospective of the Icelandic musician’s works, titled Björk, which will include her contributions to performance art, recordings, film, costumes, instruments and visuals. It will be presented with a narrative, co-written by Björk and Icelandic writer Sjón Sigurdsson, that will include both biographical and fictitious events drawing from the two decades since she issued her 1993 breakthrough solo album Debut.
The exhibition will also feature the singer’s collaborations with video directors, photographers, fashion designers and other artists, and will end with a newly commissioned, immersive music and film experience that Björk made with director Andrew Huang (Atoms for Peace’s “Before Your Very Eyes,” Björk’s “Mutual Core”) and 3-D design company Autodesk.
“Björk is an extraordinarily innovative artist whose contributions to contemporary music, video, film, fashion, and art have had a major impact on her generation worldwide,” MoMA’s Chief Curator at Large, Klaus Biesenbach, who organized the exhibition, said in a statement. “This highly experimental exhibition offers visitors a direct experience of her hugely collaborative body of work.”
In addition to hosting the Björk exhibition, the Museum has acquired the artist’s Biophilia app, the first app ever to be included in MoMA’s collection. Björk and her label, One Little Indian, gifted the 2011 app, which fuses together an album, interactive graphics, animation and musical scoring, to the museum.
Beyond its place in the museum, the app will be used as a teaching tool in some European schools, which will teach a course called the Biophilia Educational Program. The class intends to “inspire children to explore their own creativity,” as well as to learn about music and science. Björk has said that the program has been popular with children who have ADD or dyslexia.