Monster Chetwynd

Art, Solo exhibition, Milano

Opening 19.09.2024

Art, Solo exhibition

Opening 19.09.2024

Solo show by Monster Chetwynd

Monster Chetwynd combines sculpture, performance, painting and video in her works, creating fantastic and grotesque worlds. She often makes playful references to art history or pop culture and is fascinated by intricate stories and elaborate sets made of common materials. For her solo exhibition in Milan, titled Zuul – a name taken from a character in the film Ghostbusters (1984)- the artist develops a series of papier-m√Ęch√© sculptures that are activated in an unreleased performance, as well as a large wallpaper that covers the exhibition walls over six metres high.

Monster finds inspiration in Milan’s Quadrilatero del Silenzio, in particular the Art Nouveau buildings and Villa Invernizzi with its flamingos in the garden. It is also intrigued by the Roman neighborhood of Copped√®, known for its eclectic Art Nouveau villas and residential buildings decorated with lion heads, Medusa and fairy figures in Roman travertine, for the famous Fontana delle Rane, and famous for being used as a set by the famous Italian director Dario Argento for his horror classic Inferno (1980). In addition, the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, which presents imaginary archaeological and historical objects as a kind of cabinet of curiosities, influenced his work. Welcome to the world of Monster Chetwynd!

Monster Chetwynd (b. 1973, London) lives and works in Zurich. She earned a MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London (2004), prior to that, she obtained a BA in Fine Art, Slade School of Art/UCL, London (2000), and a BA in Social Anthropology and History, UCL (1995). Known for her exuberant and fun performance pieces, featuring handmade costumes, props, and sets, Monster Chetwynd was honoured with a Swiss Art Award (2024). The artist describes her work as ‚Äėimpatiently made‚Äô, often re-using materials that are easy to process and to use by the many performers she invites to participate, emphasizing the notion of collective development that informs much of the artist‚Äôs work.


Istituto Svizzero
Via del Vecchio Politecnico 3, Milano
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Opening hours:
Monday/Friday: 11:00-17:00
Thursday: 11:00-20:00
Saturday: 14:00-18:00

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