Amazing Chess Sets Created by Famous Artists

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Who needs regular chess when you can play with Yayoi Kusama’s splendidly dotted mushroomy shapes, Damien Hirst’s glass crystal pharmacy sets, or major chess champ Garry Kasparov’s favorite, Paul McCarthy’s playable collection of random kitchen ephemera? Ketchup to F3 and toaster-mate! Want! That is, if we had the money to purchase famous art. On now at the Saatchi Gallery in London through October 3rd, The Art of Chess brings together the work of some of the biggest names in the art world and their version of one of the humanity’s oldest games. Luckily for us, the fantastic Happy Famous Artists blog team stopped by the exhibit. Check out their photos, check check. Get it?

The Art of Chess @ Saatchi Gallery, Jake & Dinos Chapman, 2003. Photo credit: Happy Famous Artists

The Art of Chess @ Saatchi Gallery, Jake & Dinos Chapman, 2003. Photo credit: Happy Famous Artists

The Art of Chess @ Saatchi Gallery. Yayoi Kusama: Pumpkin Chess, 2003. Photo credit: Happy Famous Artists

The Art of Chess @ Saatchi Gallery. Maurizio Cattelan: (Good vs. Evil), 2003. Photo credit: Happy Famous Artists

The Art of Chess @ Saatchi Gallery. Barbara Kruger, 2006. Photo credit: Happy Famous Artists

The Art of Chess @ Saatchi Gallery. Damien Hirst: Mental Escapology, 2003. Photo credit: Happy Famous Artists

The Art of Chess @ Saatchi Gallery. Tracey Emin, 2008. Photo credit: Happy Famous Artists

The Art of Chess @ Saatchi Gallery. Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Deadalive, 2003. Photo credit: Happy Famous Artists

The Art of Chess @ Saatchi Gallery. Paul Fryer: Chess Set for Tesla, 2008. Photo credit: Happy Famous Artists

The Art of Chess @ Saatchi Gallery. Paul McCarthy: Kitchen Set, 2003. Photo credit: Happy Famous Artists