15 internationally renowned artists have designed unique chess sets and boards for an exhibition, “The Art of Chess” at the Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland. Here are some of the designs:
In this somewhat conservative design by Damien Hirst, he casts medicine bottles in silver and glass (complete with engraved labels) on a mirrored glass board. A surgical trolley and two medical stools are included.
Based on the concept of good and evil, Maurizo Cattelan’s chess pieces are fabricated in porcelain and represent figures that he both admires and despises. The king on the black side is Adolf Hitler, and Martin Luther King is his equal on the white side. Other notable figures appear as pawns, including Donatella Versace, Rasputin, General Custer, Superman, Mother Teresa, and Sitting Bull.
Jake and Dinos Chapman
Jake and Dinos Chapman have created an amusing board set in a post-apocalyptic time where the game is played by adolescents – the pieces on the white site have blonde-styled haircuts, the black side sport cool afros. The board is inlaid with double-headed skull and crossbones.
See more at R&A – via The Telegraph.