Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture in Saint Louis

Mind, Art, Experience opens January 27, 2022

On September 8, 2011, the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) opened in Saint Louis, Missouri, the future chess capital of the United States. At its previous locations in New Windsor, New York; Washington, D.C.; and Miami, Florida, the museum had explored the storied history of chess. At the new Missouri location, the museum expanded its focus to also explore the connections among chess, art, and popular culture.

Showing the broad reach and the educational benefits of chess, the WCHOF presents exhibitions that focus on how chess intersects with fine art, music, science, fashion, history, pop culture events, and even superheroes. Our goal is to introduce the game to the widest audience possible while continuing to engage the die-hard fans and players.

Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture in Saint Louis celebrates the achievements of the WCHOF during its time in Missouri. The exhibition will contain over 120 artworks and artifacts representing the 50 exhibitions presented at the WCHOF. Mind, Art, Experience will include pieces from internationally-renowned artists including: Harry Benson CBE,  M.C. Escher, Saint Louis’s own Tom Friedman, Tom Hackney, Keith Haring, Glenn Kaino, Barbara Kruger, Yoko Ono, Gavin Turk, and Rachel Whiteread. It will also showcase a number of Saint Louis area artists who have exhibited at the WCHOF, including: Bill Smith, Project Runway alum Michael Drummond, Peter Manion, and Audra Danielle Noyes, among others. The show will also include artifacts related to chess legends, including World Champions Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, and Boris Spassky; and Women’s World Chess Champion Susan Polgar. The exhibition will feature loans from noted chess collector Jon Crumiller, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Luhring Augustine Gallery, and David Zwirner Gallery.

This exhibition will be displayed throughout all three galleries at the WCHOF. Artifacts and artworks from exhibitions with varied themes will be intermingled throughout, showing connections among diverse objects.