Björk: Archives

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'A visually explosive tribute to the Icelandic singer's contribution to contemporary culture' - The Wall Street Journal Europe

A beautiful book about the music, fashion and artistry of the celebrated Icelandic pop star, Björk.

Björk at The Museum of Modern Art in 2015 brought together sounds, videos, objects, instruments, costumes, and images from the Icelandic singer-songwriter and producer's career. The show was highly experimental. All visitors, for example, were required to wear plastic masks of Bjork’s face as they walked through the exhibits. The exhibition split critics. Art Tomorrow described the show basically what happens when you interbreed a Chuck E. Cheese franchise, a dead swan, a party of elves breakdancing atop a volcano' while found it a 'majestic masterstroke, a pitch-perfect, seamless celebration of one of contemporary reality’s most poignant pioneers'.

The accompanying catalogue has been critically well-received and was a finalist in the 2015 British Book Design & Production Awards. It comprises six parts: four booklets, a paperback and a poster featuring artwork from Björk's albums and singles;The booklets cover a wide range of subjects. In one, music critic Alex Ross compares Björk's music to classical and contemporary composers. Another includes a wild and wonderful email conversation between Björk and philosopher, Timothy Morton. In a third, Björk's constant collaborator, Icelandic poet Sjón weaves a lyrical journey through the pop star's albums. His poem is complemented perfectly with fashion and editorial photography of Björk through the ages.

Highly recommended for Björk fans.

  • Author: Klaus Biesenbach, Director, MoMA
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Date published: March 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500291948
  • Product Dimensions: 31.5 x 24.8 x 3.5 cm

'A visually explosive tribute to the Icelandic singer's contribution to contemporary culture' - The Wall Street Journal Europe

'Like the V&A's David Bowie book, this is a triumph - exactly the kind of respectful and considered appreciation a master artist merits' - The Mouth Magazine

'an intellectually-stimulating and incredibly thought-provoking read' - HungerTV

'true to form for the eccentric popstar, the book is something of an objet d'art' -

'A fascinating read for serious fans' - NME

'A real celebration of creativity ... packed Full of Love and Wanderlust, Possibly Maybe guaranteed to make you Violently Happy. Put simply, this is definitely one to add to your reading list! Once It's In Our Hands, we're never going to let it go'. - i-D 

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