World Chess Hall of Fame Celebrates 10 Years in Saint Louis with Retrospective Exhibition

Mind, art, experience: 10 years of chess and culture in Saint Louis celebrates the best chess, art and culture from all 50 exhibitions held at the WCHOF since its 2011 move to Saint Louis, Missouri. The three-story show features over 120 works of art and artifacts, including pieces related to legendary world champions Bobby FischerAnatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Boris Spassky; works by renowned photojournalist Harry Benson CBE and internationally acclaimed artists MC Escher, Tom Friedman, Barbara Kruger and Yoko ono; chess-inspired pieces by Saint Louis-based ads Michael Drummond, Peter Manion and Audra Danielle Noyes; and loans from prominent collectors and institutions, including: Jon Crumiller, dr. George and Vivian Dean, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Luhring Augustine Gallery and David Zwirner Gallery.

“This show is a celebration of what our staff have accomplished together over the past 10 years, thanks to the unique vision of Dr. Jeanne Cairns Sinquefield and Rex Sinquefield,” say Shannon Bailey, WCHOF Chief Curator. “By mixing all 50 of our past exhibitions, our audience will truly see the heart of our mission – to showcase the rich history of chess, not only through the lives of legendary grandmasters, but also through the unifying impact this has timeless play on all aspects of culture.”

Highlights of the exhibits include native Saint Louisan Tom Friedman’s untitled, a chess set assembly of found objects and carefully crafted items of which no two pieces are alike; Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (Are you comfortable losing?), a game of chess, which plays one of over a hundred possible statements when a piece is moved; Yoko Ono’s Play it on trust, an all-white chess set inspired by the Cold War, a nuclear arms race, a military conflict in Vietnam, and the fight for civil rights in the United States; Rachel Whiteread’s modern chess game, featuring pieces inspired by the dollhouses she collects and chess pieces used in Game 3 of the legendary 1972 World Chess Championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. Financial support for this exhibition was provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state institution.

“From insightful artwork inspired by chess and artifacts associated with the sport’s best players, Spirit, art, experience contains something for everyone,” says WCHOF curator Emily Allred. “We are excited to share these bits of our history with visitors and hope it will inspire them to learn more about the game or reflect on how it has impacted their own lives.”

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About the World Chess Hall of Fame

The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the cultural and artistic significance of chess. It opened on September 9, 2011, in the Central West End, after moving from previous locations in New York, Washington, DC, and Miami. The WCHOF is housed in a historic 15,900 square foot home in the Central West End neighborhood of Saint Louis. It features the inductants of the World Chess Hall of Fame, the US Chess Trust selected members of the Chess Hall of Fame, artifacts from its permanent collection, and exhibits highlighting chess’s great players, historic games, and rich cultural history. The WCOF works together with the Saint Louis Chess Club to provide innovative programming and outreach to local, national and international audiences.

SOURCE World Chess Hall of Fame


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