Metamorphology presents some fifteen pieces – sculptures, photographs, installations and films – that draw on the idea of metamorphosis and a conception of the transformative power of art. Behind each of these works is a narrative that exposes sometimes serendipitous links between seemingly disparate people and places, times and events. Starling pursues a fundamentally research-based practice that often centres around key figures in early twentieth-century art history.

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  • Simon Starling won the prestigious Turner Prize in 2005.
  • Simon Starling: Metamorphology is curated by Dieter Roelstraete and organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
  • Alongside Metamorphology, the MAC is also showing Pictures for an Exhibition, a project by Simon Starling organized by the Arts Club of Chicago.



Simon Starling was born in 1967 in Epsom, United Kingdom, and lives and works in Copenhagen. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and it was in that city that he gained an international reputation. He has exhibited extensively in Europe, Asia and Australia, often producing site-responsive works.

Simon Starling: Metamorphology is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Support is provided by the Harris Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Family Foundation, Helyn Goldenberg and Michael Alper, Max Mara, Francesco Dalla Rovere and the Danielson Foundation. The artist’s galleries have also provided support to present the exhibition as well as for the development of new work: neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Galleria Franco Noero, Turin; The Modern Institute Glasgow; and Casey Kaplan, New York.