Altorjay, Gábor. Chess Preserve, 1967. Installation
Gábor Altorjay’s Fluxus object entitled Chess Preserve was realized as part of the action Chess!! In 1967 (Írószövetség, Budapest, April 12, 1967) – evoking Marcel Duchamp’s passion for chess. The action was accompanied by the following poem:
1. Preserve a set of chess!
2. Put on a dark suit, a white shirt and a tie!
3. Use 250 ml of perfume!
4. Put the chess set on a table in front of you!
5. Put on 3 pairs of rubber gloves!
6. Open the chess set and say out loud: “Chess!” and pour the chess pieces on your own head!
7. Point at the door and shout: “There he goes!”Around this time, Altorjay was working on other similar “anti-artworks” which recontextualized everyday objects, for instance Short Circuit Instrument (1968) and Uncomfortable (1968). The reconstruction of the Chess Preserve was made by Artpool for the exhibition 3×4 (1993), and it was exhibited in other shows, as well (Impossible Realism, Artpool P60, 2001; Dada and Surrealism / Rearranged Reality, Hungarian National Gallery, 2014).
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