Wednesday, May 06, 2015

World Chess Hall of Fame: thursday, 14 May 2015

With a wink to his artistic heroes and a nod toward the captivating game of chess, Marcel Dzama returns to the World Chess Hall of Fame to present his most recent works in Marcel Dzama: Mischief Makes a Move.

The exhibition centers on Dzama’s 35-minute silent film titled Une danse des bouffons (A Jester’s Dance), which is inspired by the failed romantic affair between Marcel Duchamp and Brazilian sculptor Maria Martins. In this “Dadaist love story,” Martins (played alternately by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Belgian model/actress Hannelore Knuts) must rescue her love from his obsession with chess. Members of Arcade Fire created the film’s musical score. Click here to watch the official trailer.

“Marcel’s film explores fascinating themes and art history references. He has created a world that is playful, intriguing, funny, frightening, and surreal…all at once,” said Shannon Bailey, chief curator at the World Chess Hall of Fame. The artist’s dioramas, sculpture, prints, and drawings will fill the gallery surrounding the video. Art and film lovers will delight in seeing how allusions to works by Francisco Goya, Joseph Beuys, Francis Picabia, David Cronenberg and others are woven into Dzama’s visual landscape.

Mischief Makes a Move opens on May 14 and runs through October 18, 2015. Admission to the first floor gallery is free with a $5 per person recommended donation. Visit for details.

World Chess Hall of Fame
4652 Maryland Avenue
Saint Louis MO, 63108
(314) 367-WCHF


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