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Monster Chetwynd Löwenbräukunst Rooftop Installation

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst is delighted to present a temporary public art installation on the wooden terrace of the Löwenbräukunst by the artist Monster Chetwynd, who has previously exhibited at the museum in 2007 and 2015. In 2012 Chetwynd was nominated for the Turner Prize. Her work com-bines painting, performance, sculpture, installation, video art and puppetry. Most recently, she realised the performance TEARS (2021) at the Messe Platz at Art Basel, transforming it into a playful sculptural space.

The installation comprises two bats, which are part of the installation The Futurology Kiosk (2021) and were first shown as part of the exhibition Ruhr Ding: Klima in Recklinghausen, Germany in 2021. Back in 2003, Chetwynd began Bat Opera, an ongoing series of paintings in which she explored the diverse characteristics of bats. Bats play an important role in the global eco-system: they consume few resources and over 500 plant species depend on their pollination. Inspired by the animals and with an awareness of our urban ecosystem, Chetwynd used almost exclusively recyclable materials in making the bats. They can be seen directly from Limmatstrasse and stand out strikingly from the townscape. Through their size, raw aesthetics, high location and LED lights on their bodies and around their eyes, they open up a new perspective on the Löwenbräukunst building. In this sense, the artwork can be read as an unmissable sign – an effective reminder that urges people to take a sustainable approach to our environment.

Pollinator Bat, 2018-2022
Mild steel, plywood, chicken wire, hessian fabric, coconut fibre, papier-mâché, latex, with a steel frame as base, and COB Continuous LED Tape
Dimensions variable (lying), courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ, London

Long Eared Grey Bat, 2018-2022
Mild steel, metal, plywood, chicken wire, hessian fabric, coconut fibres, papier-mâché, latex, and COB Continuous LED Tape
Dimensions variable (standing), courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ, London

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst on the wooden terrace of Löwenbräukunst 29.03. - 20.06.2022