The 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 exact origin of chess is unclear but is believed to have originated
in the 7th century in India. No other game in history has been so widely
reflected in art and literature. Due to its conceptual depth and deep
roots in civilization, chess remains an intriguing and complex subject
for the Artist. The infinite incantations of chess sets throughout
history, which have closely followed artistic movements, is a testament
to this and is continued into the present with the current artists
creating outstanding works of art, each infused with their own signature
On view will be fifteen specially commissioned chess sets designed by the following 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, Matthew Ronay, Tunga, Gavin Turk and Rachel
Whiteread. Each set is individually crafted in a variety of
different materials including wood, porcelain, glass, amber and silver
and packaged to the artist’s specified wishes.
The Art of Chess exhibition demonstrates that the game has lost none of
its inspirational power in the 21st century and that it continues to be
an optimal means for artistic expression.
The exhibition is presented by the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in
collaboration with RS&A Ltd, a London-based company dedicated to
producing innovative projects with contemporary artists.