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'Marcel Dzama: Mischief Makes a Move' opens at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis
The fatal sister, 2014. Watercolor, gouache, and graphite on paper. 4 part work. Overall dimensions: 14 x 44 inches.​​ Photo: Courtesy of David Zwirner Gallery.


ST. LOUIS, MO.- With a wink to his artistic heroes and a nod toward the captivating game of chess, internationally-acclaimed artist Marcel Dzama returns to the World Chess Hall of Fame to present his most recent works in Marcel Dzama: Mischief Makes a Move.

The exhibition centers on Dzama’s 35-minute silent film titled Une danse des bouffons (A Jester’s Dance), which is inspired by the failed romantic affair between Marcel Duchamp and Brazilian sculptor Maria Martins. In this “Dadaist love story,” Martins (played alternately by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Belgian model/actress Hannelore Knuts) must rescue her love from his obsession with chess. Members of Arcade Fire created the film’s musical score. Click here to watch the official trailer.

Dzama is represented by David Zwirner.

“Marcel’s film explores fascinating themes and art history references. He has created a world that is playful, intriguing, funny, frightening, and surreal…all at once,” said Shannon Bailey, chief curator at the World Chess Hall of Fame.

The artist’s dioramas, sculpture, prints, and drawings will fill the gallery surrounding the video. Art and film lovers will delight in seeing how allusions to works by Francisco Goya, Joseph Beuys, Francis Picabia, David Cronenberg and others are woven into Dzama’s visual landscape.

Marcel Dzama was born in 1974 in Winnipeg, Canada, where he received his B.F.A. in 1997 from the University of Manitoba. He has exhibited widely in solo and group presentations throughout the U.S. and abroad. In 2010, a major survey of the artist’s work was presented at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in Montreal. Other recent solo exhibitions include those organized by Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2014); Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain; Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Mexico; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (both 2011); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2008); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England (2006); and Le Magasin – Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France (2005).

Work by the artist is held in museum collections worldwide, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Dallas Museum of Art; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Gallery, London; and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Dzama lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.






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