Marcel Duchamp and Vitali Halberstadt: : Spiel im Spiel / A Game in a Game / Jeu dans le Jeu.
Published by Verlag fur moderne Kunst Nurnberg, 2012. Small red hardcover. 176 pages. Multilingual. With illustrations. Fine / as new copy.
In 1932, Marcel Duchamp published Opposition and Sister Squares Are Reconciled, a collaboration with chess champion Vitaly Halberstadt on endgames in chess. Ernst Strouhal’s illustrated study approaches this volume as an “almost utopian treatise on chess endgames” and as a trilingual artist’s book. Strouhal playfully yet validly demonstrates how Opposition and Sister Squares are Reconciled by M. Duchamp & V. Halberstadt (1932) not only comprises a rare, almost utopian treatise on chess endgames but is also a unique chess book for artists and an artist’s book for chess players.