The Art of Chess

Sixteen chess sets designed by some of the world's leading contemporary artists are on show at this celebration of the 'game of kings'.

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Chess, 2003 © Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin Chess, 2003

Chess has fascinated creative minds for centuries, leading Marcel Duchamp to declare that "while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists." The Art of Chess pays tribute to this unique obsession, bringing together 16 chess sets crafted by artists from Rachel Whiteread to the Chapman brothers.

From a spotty toadstool set by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama to Damien Hirst's glass and silver casts of medicine bottles, the exhibition shows some of the world's leading artists responding to a single, simple brief. The exhibition, which has been touring since 2003, began with five sets commissioned by RS&A and has been growing ever since, with a new set by British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster as the latest addition.

Venue details

Saatchi Gallery Duke of York's HQ, King's Road London SW3 4RY

Entry details

Free to all

Daily, 10am – 6pm