milan 2010: chess and art getting together.
above: Barbara Kruger, Untitled, 2006
above: Rachel Whiteread, 2005
above: Jack & Dinos Chapman
above: Yayoi Kusama, Punkin Set, 2003
above: Damien Hirst, Mental Escapology, 2003
above: Alastair Mackie, Amorphous Organic, 2008
above: Tracey Emin, 2008
above: Tom Friedman, Untitled, 2005
On occasion of Milan Design Week 2010 and the 49th International Furniture Fair of Milan, ProjectB is proud to present for the first time in Italy The Art of Chess, in partnership with RS&A London, which invited some of the world’s leading contemporary artists to produce the chess sets, previously exhibited in 2009 at the Reykjavik Art Museum.
It was the interest shown by the avant garde in chess that led to the development of artistic chess sets in the first half of the twentieth century. Many were the artists who were also chess enthusiasts – from Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray to Max Ernst, Alexander Calder, André Breton, Isamu Noguchi and Raymond Roussel – and it was back in 1944 that they first joined together to celebrate the game in New York, with the exhibition The Imagery of Chess at the Julien Levy Gallery.
The exhibition in Milan will be featuring seven life-size chess sets designed by the artists Tracey Emin, Tom Friedman, Damien Hirst, Barbara Kruger, Yayoi Kusama, Alastair Mackie, and Rachel Whiteread.