What to see

Forget everything you know about chess and visit this exciting new exhibition.

Art company RS&A launched 'The Art of Chess' in 2003 when they commissioned five artists to interpret the humble chess set and the results were exhibited at Somerset House. Since then the sets have become highly collectable, been shown all over the globe and a total of 16 artists (including Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kusama and Rachel Whiteread) have produced their own versions.

But from Saturday, for the first time, all 16 sets have been corralled at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, including the very first public showing of British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster's version. Most famous for their enchanting, ingenious shadow sculptures, the duo's chess set displays their ongoing fascination for dead animals. The board is a hand-carved tree stump with pieces in bronze cast from mummified animals found on their farm in Gloucestershire; so frogs are pawns and squirrels are kings.

Enjoy the spectacle of these wildly different interpretations and imagine a game between greats Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov. A true challenge for these grandmasters; but would they be distracted by such playful whimsy?

The Art of Chess; 8 September - 3 October 2012
Saatchi Gallery
Duke of York's HQ
King's Road
London, SW3 4RY

Image Credit: Courtesy RS&A