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Björk to release retrospective book, Archives, featuring essays and portraits

on November 26, 2014, 10:25am

Next spring, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art will stage a “full-scale retrospective” chronicling Björk’s 20-plus-year career of blurring the boundaries between art, music, fashion, and technology. To accompany the exhibit, the Icelandic singer has announced the release of a similarly career-spanning book.

As i-D points out, Björk: Archives covers the “the artist’s seven major albums and the personas surrounding each through poetry, academic analysis, philosophical texts, and stunning visuals.” Björk oversaw the project alongside MoMA curator Klaus Beisenbach, and together the pair tapped several of the singer’s famous friends to provide entries. Contributors include Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, musicology professor Nicola Dibben, Icelandic poet Sjón, and more.

Archives also features a number of now-famous portraits of Björk, shot by Inez & Vinoodh, Araki, Juergen Teller, and Nan Goldin, alongside a montage of Björk’s most iconic costumes from designers Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, and Sophia Kokosalaki. The book is accompanied by four booklets and a poster compiling the artwork of the seven albums featured.

Archives is officially billed as “a real celebration of creativity,” a tome “packed Full Of Love and Wanderlust, Possibly Maybe guaranteed to make you Violently Happy.” It’s officially due out March 30th, 2015 via Thames and Hudson. The MoMA’s exhibit, meanwhile, runs March 7th through June 7th, 2015.

For a few archival photos, head over to i-D. Below, check out a clips from Björk’s storied career.

As for Björk’s future, she recently announced plans to release her ninth studio album sometime in 2015.

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