The prestigious World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, USA is launching a major exhibition from 12th April – 16th September 2018 entitled “Painted Pieces: Art Chess from Purling London”. The show, dubbed as “Tradition with a Twist” will feature our classic Staunton-design chess sets, hand-painted by twenty celebrated painters, illustrators, sculptors and street artists from around the world.
The exhibition will include exquisite multimedia Art Chess sets, pieces, boards, and interactive experiences created especially for the World Chess HOF show.
Artists who are making their debut with Purling include: street art pioneer Thierry Noir who was the first artist to paint the Berlin Wall; internationally known Mr Doodle with a chess set covered in his ‘Graffiti Spaghetti’; and Lhouette with an incredible maximalist board and frame. We are also excited to introduce a stunningly Marcel Duchamp inspired chess set by Tom Hackney; a set entitled ‘Expand your mind’ by Christiaan Nagel – famous for his mushroom sculptures; a beautiful chess board by London studio artist Darren John and a wonderfully eccentric, Space inspired playable sculpture by Andrew Hancock.
Further artworks included in the show are by famous American painter Sophie Matisse, feminist and activist Daniela Raytchev, photorealist Kate Brinkworth, stencil artist DS among other celebrated and thought-provoking artists.
In addition, museum guests will be able to play on Purling chess sets in Virtual Reality(!) via our collaboration with video game developer Ripstone. Art Chess sets by artists, Nette Robinson, Olivia Pilling and Mr. Jiver will be available to play in spectacular virtual environments including a Roman villa and a volcano.
We are delighted to be collaborating with the World Chess Hall of Fame on this exhibition which we would highly recommend that you visit if you are in the area! Please find details below.
We would like to thank Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, Shannon Bailey, Michael DeFilippo and all the WCHOF team for their wonderful support.
Painted Pieces: Art Chess from Purling London,
April 12th – September 16th 2018.
Entrance is free.
World Chess Hall of Fame, 4652 Maryland Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63108, USA.
(314) 367-WCHF (9243) | worldchesshof.org
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