The Modern Art of Chess
“From my close contact with artists and chess players I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.” - Marcel Duchamp, 1952.
The Saatchi Gallery is about to open an exhibition of 16 chess sets designed by leading artists - Maurizio Cattelan, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Oliver Clegg, Tracey Emin, Tom Friedman, Paul Fryer, Damien Hirst, Barbara Kruger, Yayoi Kusama, Paul McCarthy, Alastair Mackie, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Matthew Ronay, Tunga, Gavin Turk and Rachel Whiteread. Each set is individually crafted in a wide variety of different materials including wood, porcelain, glass, amber and silver.
The Art of Chess began life with five sets commissioned by RS&A and exhibited at Somerset House in 2003. Since then the exhibition has grown in size and toured the world showing in leading museums and galleries in the USA, Russian Federation, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Czech Republic, Australia and Switzerland.
The exhibition, The Art of Chess, will run from the 8th September to 3rd October 2012.