Can someone fly us to New York please?
Andrew Trendell
09:48 19th June 2014

New York's Museum Of Modern Art have announced details of a new exhibition, celebrating the life and work of Bjork. She's awesome, so this will be awesome too. 

The Icelandic icons' career will be celebrated through a show that will "chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance."

"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 Chief Curator at Large Klaus Biesenbach said in a press release. "This highly experimental exhibition offers visitors a direct experience of her hugely collaborative body of work."

Watch the video for 'All Is Full Of Love' by Bjork below

Bjork being Bjork, this will not be a straight-forward gallery show. There will also be a semi-biographical, semi-fictional narrative  feature - co-written by Björk and Icelandic writer and collaborator Sjón Sigurdsson. That's not to mention a new, immersive "music and film experience" created by director Andrew Huang and 3D software designer Autodesk. It's going to be awesome. Who wants to fly us to New York?

Meanwhile, Bjork is gearing up to release the film Biophillia Live, the last night of her most recent tour at London's Alexandra Palace. See our review and photos from that very brilliant gig here

Below: 18 awesome facts about Bjork

  • She once stole a swimming pool: Some rockstars drive cars into pools, but our Bjork nicks the whole bloody thing. Speaking to GQ Magazine about her days of anarchy in her younger days, she said: "I went through an anti-Establishment phase and thought we should get everything for free. I stole a children's swimming pool because my boyfriend and I didn't have a bathtub. I was with a poet friend - he was sweating really hard. Poets don't have strong enough nerves for things like that."

  • She sent flowers to the family of a man who tried to kill her: In 1996, Ricardo Lopez tried to kill Bjork. Lopez was a pest control officer from Florida, obsessed with her. He mailed a sulphuric acid bomb disguised as a book to her London home, before police intercepted. Worse still, Lopez made a video diary throughout the making of the bomb that showed his deteriorating mental state. Bjork was so upset, that she sent flowers to his family.

  • She totally gets us: When asked about her perception of her audience, Bjork told The Guardian in 2001: "I have learned that they care. That they are techno. That they have laptops and use the internet. That they are very patient with me." *Blushes*

  • She trolled the BRIT Awards: At a time after the success of Debut when people were queuing around the block to collaborate with Bjork, she requested PJ Harvey be the one to collaborate with her on stage at the 1994 BRITs. Together they performed a stark and gloom-ridden rendition of The Rolling Stones' '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction'. It seems a million miles from the polished and predictable tedium of what the BRITs have become today.

  • She's a big fan of sexual freedom: Speaking to Diva in 2004, she said: "I've always had as many powerful, creative ladies in my life as I have men, and you could probably describe some of those relationships as romantic. I think everyone's bisexual to some degree or another - it's just a question of whether or not you choose to recognise it and embrace it. Personally, I think choosing between men and women is like choosing between cake and ice cream. You'd be daft not to try both when there are so many different flavours."

  • She gets pissed off with Beyonce: When World Entertainment News Network asked her about Beyonce in 2004, Bjork replied: "I love her voice, but maybe not what she stands for. I'm really pissed off she's doing all of those commercials. I can't believe she did Pepsi. Doing that is like selling your soul to the devil. Maybe it's different in America and I'm judging too hard."

  • She was once in a band, whose name translates to 'Cork the Bitch's Ass': One thing that not enough people give Bjork credit for is her sense of humour. From 1981 to 1983, she was a member of Tappi Tikarrass - a well-known Icelandic punk band with elements of funk and jazz. They got their name when the original lead singer's dad said the band's music "fitted like a cork in a bitch's ass."

  • She was in Dancer In The Dark: Probably one of the most compelling yet utterly devastating films you'll ever see, Bjork played the lead role in the brilliant Dancer In The Dark by Lars Von Trier - playing a single mother obsessed with music who is gradually going blind and fighting for her son. If you were wondering why her performance was so intense, there's a very good reason. Speaking to The New Music in 2001, she said: "The only way I could become Selma was just to leave all of me behind and slowly become her. So I sort of was her for a year or two..I know what it's like to be a single mom, I know what it's like to have a son, I know a lot of things, you know."

  • She did the soundtrack too: Yup - of course she did, and on the stunning Dancer In The Dark soundtrack is 'I've Seen It All'; a breathtaking duet with Radiohead's Thom Yorke. Speaking about their collaboration with Zero magazine, Bjork said: "I respect him very much. He's very shy and uncertain and doesn't reveal too much of himself. That's why it's quite hard for me to explain what he's like. I can't do him justice. But he's a very special person. His work is based on communication and understanding. He's very down-to-earth and not egocentric at all."

  • She's always had awesome taste: Bjork claims her favourite album as a child was Spark's 'Kimono My House' - turning to its theatrical pop partly to kick against her mother's hippy tastes. Well, beats Hanson, Spice Girls and Green Day we guess...

  • She released her first album when she was 12-years-old: After just one year of classical piano lessons and an appearance on Icelandic radio, Bjork signed a record deal and released her first self-titled debut album at the age of 12 - consisting of covers translated into Icelandic plus a few originals. She used the profits to buy a new piano. We wish we were like Bjork as children.

  • She was in The Sugarcubes, which is awesome: Even if she didn't go on to become a game-changing icon of a solo artist, Bjork would still be a legend for fronting The Sugarcubes. Imagine an Iceland version of The Smiths mixed with the Pixies and a lot of crazy jazz, poetry and weird sounds. Speaking to Rolling Stone in 1993, she said: "The way I've been explaining the difference (between Sugarcubes and my solo work) is by comparing it to a party. You know the people who are going to be there, so you get all dressed up and maybe bring a bottle of wine or some tapes. And you go, and you have great time; and if the curtains aren't the colour you like or people are telling jokes that aren't your kind of jokes, you're not going to stand on a chair and tell everybody what to say or do. That's kind of what the Sugarcubes' music was like."

  • She attacks photographers only for the right reasons: In 1996, a hoard of reporters surrounded Bjork while she was leaving the Bangkok Airport with her son, Sindri. She then attacked one of them, grabbing her hair, punching her, and throwing her to the ground. Later, Bjork explained that after being harassed by reporters for days, she reached her breaking point when the reporter started talking to her son, saying: "It's very difficult to be the son of a pop star isn't it?" While some celebrities throw random hissy fits, we'd say this one is totally justified. Fair enough, Bjork. Fair enough.

  • She invented the term 'domestic rave': Sounds good, right? We want to go rave round Bjork's house. When talking to Instinct magazine about her stunning but insane 2004 album Medulla, she said: " I do dance a lot - I've never stopped enjoying dancing. I've always been obsessed with pure pop music. There are some real 'up' songs on Medulla, but they won't be played in clubs. They're more for dancing around your house, like a domestic rave."

  • She's mates with David Attenborough: Anyone who watched this year's Channel 4 documentary would have been left foaming with glee at the legend-on-legend visual feast. He contributed vocals to her recent Biophillia tour and she's always been a fan. Speaking to Mixmag in 1993 she said: "I kind of look at myself as a David Attenborough kind of figure, he used to be my idol when I was a kid. He's like the narrator. That's what I do with the music, l'm such a fan of all the sounds and notes and everything, I could step out of my singing. That's probably what David Attenborough would like to do, just get people there and watch the snails have sexual intercourse, or whatever they do on nature programmes." Of course.

  • She found inspiration for Medulla from heavy metal and being drunk: Bjork revealed that part of the inspiration for the largely human vocal-only arrangements came from her drunken experiements with friends, telling the Daily Telegraph: "Most death metal and all heavy metal songs are excellent a capella."

  • She loves MIA for her 'bravery': This awesome Bjork quote comes from her interview with The Lipster in 2008: "I think M.I.A's amazing. She's really taking it on. She's very important. The fact that she got heard, actually – I think that's amazing. Thirty years ago, I'm not sure, maybe she'd be an eccentric somewhere...you know, everyone's getting onto the right-brain hemisphere. Oh yeah, and more of them should listen to M.I.A.!"

  • She knows the animals will win eventually: Speaking to Rolling Stone in 1993 about her brilliant track 'Human Behaviour', she said: "It's an animal's point of view on humans. And the animals are definitely supposed to win in the end."

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