Marcel Duchamp, his pipe, and his passion for chess

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‘Finding the right move’: Marcel Duchamp and his passion for chess

As we prepare to auction a pipe Duchamp presented to a close friend and chess opponent, Jack Castle looks at his love affair with a game that he believed shared values with art

On 10 March 1944 two men — both refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe —sat down for a game of chess. One was Marcel Duchamp, painter of Nude Descending a Staircase no. 2 (1912) and the Dada pioneer, the other was George Koltanowski, a Belgian-born chess master and seasoned tournament player. [Read more …]

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