Date(s) - 31 May, 2023 - 31 Aug, 2023
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Museo del Novecento
On display at the exhibition “Le Regole del Gioco” (“The Rules of the Game”) curated by Massimo Kaufmann are four works, real artist’s chess sets: three of them, made of wood and with regulation dimensions (57×57 cm), consist of the usual 64 squares and 32 chess pieces painted with oil paints in 96 different colors; the fourth, Pan, smaller in size, is intended for children and girls.
Despite the clear subversion of the first rule of chess-which here no longer involves solely black and white opposing each other, but rather an infinite possibility of colors-the modalities and rules of the game remain identical and the chessboards perfectly usable: two fairly experienced players can confront each other according to all the canonical rules without incurring any drawback other than the perceptual confusion generated by the colors and accentuated by the continuous shifting of the pieces. The game of chess thus becomes a metaphor for a conflict in which not only two antagonists confront each other but an innumerable composite of different subjectivities come alive in the game, as if to show a multilaterality of the components involved. As in real wars, there are factors that multiply the points of view and interests in play.
The four chessboards are made available to visitors who, with prior reservation, will be able to compete in exciting chess duels on Tuesdays during lunch break and Thursdays before scheduled talks. The artist will also be available for the challenges-a presence that transforms the exhibition project into a performance.