The project was conceived specially for the Kunst Nu room and combines several sculptures in an installation focusing on the game of chess and powers of allurement. The sculptures are composed of chess boards and various materials – the base is always classical marble. Part of the sculptures consists of Ortmeyer’s own artist’s publications, GRANDMASTERS WORLDCHAMPIONS, with pin-up photos of half-naked female world champions and grandmasters of chess.
Ortmeyer’s work makes use of such varied icons as Yves Saint Laurent, the black market, the German reunification, Playboy, Mickey Mouse Magazine or Vogue, the French Resistance, the ocean, California, Immanuel Kant, Chanel, the Eiffel Tower, the Queen, Christmas, flora, the army, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, sailor suits, the laurel wreath, marble sculptures or Karl Lagerfeld. Ortmeyer’s work FAUST (2009) has been acquired for the S.M.A.K. collection. A publication called GRANDMASTERS WORLDCHAMPIONS was made specifically for the SCHAAK SHOW installation and can also be purchased separately as an artist’s book.
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