For centuries artists have been inspired by the game of chess. From its origins in India more than two thousand year ago, to its spread through the Islamic world into Europe in the early Middle Ages, images of chess have featured in art and popular culture. Paintings of chess games as symbols of courtly love and geometric patterns in the works of the cubists and futurists are among the examples. Arguably the greatest influence of chess came in the 20th century with the birth of conceptual art whose founder, Marcel Duchamp, lauded chess as a pure art form uncorrupted by money. For 20 years he abandoned art for the life of a full-time chess player. In a lecture timed to coincide with the final of the World Chess Championship in London, Rupert Dickens will explore the inspiration chess has given artists throughout the ages and argue that chess has had a crucial influence on the development of modern art.
This talk will take place in the Lecture Theatre on the lower ground floor of the Museum
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