Modern Chess Set by Rachel Whiteread

Modern Chess Set by Rachel Whiteread

Jess Watson
Mar 11, 2010

When I play board games, I have a tendency towards impatience and apathy when games drag on too long. Hence, I've never taken the time needed to really learn and appreciate the game of chess. Things would most definitely change if Rachel Whiteread's Modern Chess Set found it's way into my home. Well, that's assuming I get to play the side with chairs as pawns.

Rachel Whiteread's piece was commissioned in 2005 as part of The Art of Chess. The Art of Chess is an ongoing project featuring chess sets designed by some of the world's leading contemporary artists in a celebration of the game of chess and it's continued relevance to the creative arts.

The most current exhibition includes seven chess sets created by top contemporary artists including Tom Friedman, Damien Hirst, Barbara Kruger, Tracey Emin, Alastair Mackie and Jake and Dinos Chapman. Each set uses the real dimensions of the board games, but with a unique influence and design by each artist. Images of the other chess sets can be seen at designboom: the art of chess.

The exhibition opens on the 49th edition of the Milan Furniture Fair on April 14th at Project B Gallery in Milan. Past iterations of this exhibition have been shown in London, New York and Moscow.

(Found via designboom)

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