Spin Master Announces Hatch Day

Spin Master Corp., a leading children’s entertainment company, will unveil Hatchimals – one of the most highly-anticipated toys of 2016 – on October 7, 2016.778988192726_20074826_hatchimals_draggles-green-egg_purple-white_m01b_gbl_product_8

Spin Master‘s ground-breaking Hatchimals integrates the company’s advanced technology in new and unexpected ways to bridge multiple play patterns. Previewed exclusively to industry at select Toy Fairs around the world earlier this year, Hatchimals is already a contender for numerous toy awards globally and has landed on top toy lists from retailers including Target, Wal-Mart, Toys ‘R’ Us and Kohl’s. For the first time, the public will be able to see and purchase Hatchimals at major retailers and on www.SpinMaster.com beginning on Hatch Day, October 7 (MSRP $59.99 USD).


Spin Master Corp., a leading children’s entertainment company, will unveil Hatchimals on October 7, 2016.

To date, Spin Master has only revealed the toy’s egg-shaped exterior publicly. Children, ages five and up, can select the color and species of their Hatchimal egg, but who is inside will only be revealed by holding and hatching the Hatchimal.778988192511_20074805_hatchimals_pengualas-pink-egg_dark-pink_m01_gbl_product_11

“Hatchimals ‘come to life’ from the connection with a child; the inherent nurturing play pattern initiates the experience,” said James Martin, Head of Robotics Global Business Unit, Spin Master Ltd. “It is a wonderful bonding and magical experience that continues to evolve. Get ready to see who’s inside on Hatch Day and get ready to be amazed.”778988192542_20074807_hatchimals_pengualas-teal-egg_teal-green_m01_gbl_product_13

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The Peninsula Hotels Partners With Visionary Chinese Multimedia Artist Chen Man To Create Pink-Themed Interactive Installations For 2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women and the second-most common cancer in the world today, accounting for one in ten of all new cancers diagnosed worldwide, and nearly one in four female cancer cases. With these statistics in mind, The Peninsula Hotels decided to harness its resources and create the Peninsula In Pink Charitable Initiative.peninsula-hotels-logo

The creative theming of the annual Peninsula in Pink campaign is designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities in each hotels’ local communities. Launched in 2010, Peninsula in Pink is an annual event at all The Peninsula hotels in Asia, North America and Europe. Each hotel shows its support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by creating pink-inspired afternoon teas, cocktails, dining and spa promotions and special events, with proceeds donated to a local breast cancer organization.

The Peninsula Hotels inspires guests to once again appreciate all things pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. The annual Peninsula in Pink campaign, now in its sixth year, champions the fight against breast cancer by raising awareness and funds for local charities that are leading the fight against breast cancer and providing much-needed care for patients. For the second year, The Art of Pink theme sees the hotels partnering with artists who share, through specially commissioned work, their point of view on the fight against breast cancer. This year, The company is proud to bring their collaboration with China’s most celebrated avant-garde photographer and multimedia artist, Chen Man, to a worldwide audience.


China’s most celebrated avant-garde photographer and multimedia artist, Chen Man, the featured 2016 artist for The Peninsula Hotels’ annual Peninsula in Pink campaign.

On this occasion, the artist is presenting “Nao Nao” (挠挠), an exclusively commissioned series of art pieces that will be installed at ten Peninsula destinations around the world. Both exciting and intimate, the collection draws the sensual photographs that have cemented Chen Man’s style and success, [and] re-conceptualized with a subtle feminine theme in reference to the Peninsula In Pink Breast Cancer Initiative.  The artist’s lauded photographs are brought together for the first time on such a grand, international scale, and offer a unique opportunity for guests and visitors at each hotel to personally interact with the art in a novel way.


Artwork Series “Nao Nao” by Chen Man


Artwork Series “Nao Nao” by Chen Man

The Peninsula Hotels’ 2016 collaboration with Chen Man builds on the 2015 Peninsula in Pink campaign at The Peninsula Shanghai, where the artist presented the Touch Me… Take Care of Me video and documentary photography installation, which featured an interactive time-lapse photo shoot.

Each photograph will be covered by two pink dots – symbols of breasts and the colon, punctuation that precedes a conversation.  In a nod to The Peninsula Hotels’ focus on China this year, visitors will use traditional “Nao Nao” bamboo sticks to gently scrape the dots and slowly unveil the image behind. 


Artwork Series “Nao Nao” by Chen Man


Artwork Series “Nao Nao” by Chen Man

Chen Man’s inspiration for this installation stems from the Beijing of her childhood, where feelings and emotions were not shared publicly, and the selfless act of scratching a loved one’s back could best convey feelings of sympathy and understanding.  Continue reading

The Hague Celebrates the Netherlands’ Biggest Festival for Peace

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From Wednesday, September 21, to Sunday, September 25, The Hague will revolve entirely around peace and justice. For five days, the city will focus on the International UN Day of Peace on September 21 coupled with the annual Just Peace Festival. With over forty activities, the Just Peace Festival is the Netherlands’ biggest peace festival.1919619_1467126506889165_1977851294203033346_n

The five-day festival program, with over forty Peace activities scheduled, consists of a mix of music, performing arts, museum activities, debates, and sports. Various activities for children are also organized.11951939_1646392262295921_7205437276642825623_n

Several of the Featured Activities includes

  • Peace Walk: During the Peace Walk on Saturday, September 24, participants run along historical monuments and sites around the Peace Palace. There are several courses, including a 1.5 kilometer children’s run and a 5 and 10 kilometer run for adults.
  • International Open Day: The Hague has over 240 international organizations. Many of them open their doors to the public on Sunday, September 25, during The Hague’s International Open Day. Among other things, visitors can take a look behind the scenes at the Yugoslavia Tribunal, Unicef, and the courts of the Peace Palace.
  • Peace in the Park: On Sunday, September 25, the Peace in the Park festival also takes place: in the Palace Garden the focus will be on music, stories, and other activities. The festival aims to make visitors aware of peace and justice and to take action on the basis of that awareness.13502069_1758711867730626_7952917487437684641_n

For the overall program and more information: http://www.justpeacethehague.com.

JW Marriott Austin Opens Spa by JW

Spa by JW at JW Marriott Debut Today

The JW Marriott Austin is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of Spa by JW; debuting today. Created to demystify and reimagine the spa experience, the JW Marriott brand’s new concept offers guests an intuitive experience that is luxurious yet purposeful with treatments and products designed to address four core benefit states: Calm, Indulge, Invigorate, and Renew. The spa will feature nine treatment rooms and will offer a variety of experiences including massages, nail treatments, Express Spa Suites, and HydraFacial services. The JW Marriott Austin and the new Spa by JW are managed by White Lodging Services.

This will be the third Spa by JW globally and second in Texas – coming on the heels of openings at JW Marriott Houston Downtown and JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar, India.

Our guests are incredibly passionate about well-being but they don’t always have the time to invest in cultivating it. They are looking for an experience that delivers true impact and results that are tailored to their state of mind,” said Mitzi Gaskins, VP, Global Brand Management and Guest Experience for JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts. “Spa by JW offers an environment where you can choose exactly what you want, when you want, without any of the intimidation or hassle.”

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The Spa by JW at JW Marriott Austin will feature nine treatment rooms and will offer a variety of experiences including massages, nail treatments, Express Spa Suites, and HydraFacial services. This will be the third Spa by JW globally and second in Texas. (PRNewsFoto/White Lodging Services)

Designed for guests who do not have the luxury of time, Spa by JW express treatments provide on-demand services that start at a 12-minute entry point and are bookable without an appointment. Guests can experience the innovative express spa suites, designed around a state-of-the-art massage chair, exclusive to JW Marriott, featuring embedded scent infusers, noise canceling technology, and cell phone charging stations. Treatments include a variety of 12- to 25-minute services like the Relaxing Scalp Massage (Calm), Hydrating Hands (Indulge), Energy Boost Massage (Invigorate), Nail Shine (Renew), and more.

Guests will be greeted at the Curator’s Desk to explore all of the treatment options from full-service to express spa treatments. Developed in collaboration with JW Marriott brand partner and spa industry leader Aromatherapy Associates, all treatments are designed with the essential benefit states in mind:

  • Calm – Allows guests to reset when out-of-sync, offering a moment of serenity and a chance to slow down time to restore balance. Sample services include a 15-minute tense shoulders massage or the full 50 minute “Sleep Deeply” treatment.
  • Indulge – Provides nourishment for the soul and a way for guests to pamper themselves through a range of therapeutic treatments that reward and rejuvenate. Sample services include an “Ultimate Aromatherapy” massage or the “Firming & Brightening” facial.
  • Invigorate – Enlivens the body and clarifies the mind, wiping away the stresses of everyday life and replacing it with energy and vitality. Sample services include a “Jet Lag Cure” or “Energy Boost” express massage.
  • Renew – Purifies the mind and body so guests feel more centered, re-focusing and instilling a sense of spiritual rebirth. Sample services include an “Intense Muscle Relief” or a “Skinceuticals Rejuvenation” facial.

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The Peninsula Chicago Celebrates Expo Chicago 2016 With The Contemporary Art Exhibition Whoville

Exhibition Features Highlights From The Beth Rudin Dewoody Collection Curated By Laura Dvorkin In Collaboration With Circa 1881

The Peninsula Chicago’s Partnership With Circa 1881 And Ms. Dewoody Is A Natural Extension Of The The Peninsula Hotels’ Wildly Successful Art Initiatives Around The World.

10-logo-the-peninsula-chicago-1024x1024-e1443820293325-1The Peninsula Chicago is hosting an exciting art exhibition from noted contemporary collector, Beth Rudin DeWoody’s art collection, curated by Laura Dvorkin in collaboration with Circa 1881. Titled Whoville, this exhibition coincides with the annual EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, taking place at Navy Pier, September 22 to 25, 2016. The installation, featuring a number of Chicago artists, debuted on September 9, 2016 and will be displayed throughout the hotel’s lobby through October 23, 2016, as a part of public art project.

The Peninsula Chicago is a Five Star, Five Diamond hotel located on the “Magnificent Mile” at 108 East Superior Street (at Michigan Avenue), within the city’s premier shopping district. The 339 guest room hotel recently completed an extensive renovation of all guestrooms and suites. The hotel opened in 2001 and features three distinctive restaurants, a popular bar and a world-class spa.


The Peninsula Chicago Whoville Exhibition Salon Wall

Whoville is the latest project from The Peninsula Hotels’ ongoing partnership with Circa 1881 to present rotating art exhibitions of world-class contemporary art for the hotels’ public spaces. Circa 1881 produces art exhibitions and programming in collaboration with noted collectors or from artworks on loan from private collections it has under management.1473721272-418aeed8029963ce3177303463981035-1024x683

Beth Rudin DeWoody’s sizable collection is known for including emerging, established and sometimes overlooked artists and has been featured at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach and the Parrish Museum in Southampton, among other institutions. Beyond avidly collecting works, DeWoody curates exhibitions and supports several art institutions.


Christina Ramberg, Shadow Panel, 1972_ Bruce Nauman, Justine Time, 1973_ Thomas Beale, E.W.S., 2016

Whoville contains over 30 artworks and is both an exclusive glimpse into the collecting world of DeWoody, one of America’s most notable collectors, and a celebration of Chicago’s distinctive artistic history. The contemporary artworks were handpicked by the curator, Laura Dvorkin, who has worked with the BRD Collection for several years. The exhibition highlights some of Chicago’s most prominent artists, past and present, along with an eclectic selection of works that explore travel, transformative environments or share the fantastical, surreal aesthetic of Dr. Seuss’ fictional land, Whoville. Featured artists include Thomas Beale, Roger Brown, Nick Cave, Liz Craft, Mira Dancy, Ed Flood, Theaster Gates, Art Green, Richard Jackson, Kerry James Marshall, Bruce Nauman, Gladys Nilsson, Ed Paschke, Randy Polumbo, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Christina Ramberg, Tony Tasset, H.C. Westermann and Karl Wirsum and spans an array of media including drawing, painting, collage, sculpture and an installation in the form of a 1961 Caravel Airstream Trailer with hand blown glass, welded aluminum and LED lights. The latter composes Randy Polumbo’s Love Stream #2, which will be displayed outside the hotel from September 22 through 25. The piece will be open to the public for viewing daily from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The rest of the collection is open to the public and will be displayed on the 5th floor main Lobby Level from September 9 to October 25. The pieces will be located adjacent to The Lobby and The Bar.


Liz Craft, Eyes Without A Face (Brown), 2003 & Art Green, Disclosing Enclosure, 1968

Whoville, is also a playful reference to the noted Chicago artist group, the Hairy Who, most of whom studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and exhibited together at the Hyde Park Art Center in the 1960s. The Hairy Who challenged popular taste by producing whimsical, absurd, grotesque and sometimes vulgar imagery. Like the surrealists, they were interested in the stranger and darker aspects of the human mind. Three of the six founding members of the Hairy Who (Gladys Nilsson, Karl Wirsum and Art Green) are included in Whoville.

Many of the other artists featured have connections to Chicago, such as Nick Cave, Ed Flood, Theaster Gates, Kerry James Marshall, Ed Paschke, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Christina Ramberg and H.C. Westermann.

Select Artists:

  • Kerry James Marshall, considered one of America’s greatest living artists, currently resides in Chicago and comments on the lack of black figures in Western Art and continues, through his work, to amplify the presence of black subjects displayed in museums. Kerry James Marshall: MASTRY is a major survey of Marshall’s work on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago through September 25, 2016. (*EXPO CHICAGO will also highlight the work of Kerry James Marshall during the keynote/Dialogues panel discussion at the exposition on Saturday, September 24 at 2:30 pm. Marshall joins writer Sarah Thornton for an in depth conversation on the show floor.)
  • Chicago-based Nick Cave is an artist, educator and choreographer known for wearable art, working in both the visual and performing arts including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, sculptural forms named after the noise they make when worn. When worn, Cave’s Soundsuits conceal the body, erasing identity, race, gender and class, causing viewers to look without judgment.


    Gladys Nilsson, A Girl In The Arbor #1, 2013_ Nick Cave, Soundsuit #20, 2005_ Roger Brown, Virtual Still Life #8- Vases With A View, 1995

  • Chicago native Gladys Nilsson attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is one of the 6 original members of the Hairy Who and a noted Chicago Imagist. She was the subject of a 1973 solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Over the years, Nilsson’s work has evolved from oil painting to watercolor and collage, and often contains colorful contradictory images, humor and elements from nature. Couple is an early example of her powerful and energetic style.

Of Whoville, DeWoody says, “Collaborating with Circa 1881 on this exhibition has provided an exciting opportunity to share my collection with Peninsula Chicago guests and the greater public. I look forward to attending EXPO CHICAGO and exhibiting the Whoville artists in Chicago, a city to which many of them are historically linked.

Beth Rudin DeWoody, art collector and curator, resides between New York City, Los Angeles and West Palm Beach. She is President of The Rudin Family Foundations and Executive Vice President of Rudin Management Company. Her Board affiliations include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Creative Time, Hammer Museum, The New School, The Glass House, Design Museum Holon, Empowers Africa, New Yorkers for Children and The New York City Police Foundation, among others. She is an Honorary Trustee at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and on the Photography Steering Committee at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach.


Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Richard, 2014


DeWoody’s collection is composed of her extensive holdings of contemporary art. Her collection is incredibly diverse and includes of both established and emerging artists. Collected artists range from Ed Ruscha, Jamie Wyeth, Sol LeWitt, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons to the Bruce High Quality Foundation, Mickalene Thomas, Roxy Paine, Matt Johnson and Lee Bul.

DeWoody has curated numerous exhibitions including I Won’t Grow Up at Cheim & Read, New York; In Stiches at Leila Heller Gallery, New York; Think Pink at Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Hunt & Chase at Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton; Inspired at Steven Kasher Gallery, New York; Bad For You at Shizaru Gallery, London; and Please Enter at Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York.

Two exhibitions of her collection were recently on view at the Norton Museum of Art: The Triumph of Love: Beth Rudin DeWoody Collects and Still/Moving: Photographs and Video Art from the DeWoody Collection.

Laura Dvorkin has worked with the Beth Rudin DeWoody (BRD) Collection for over eight years, managing the publications and exhibitions that DeWoody curates, and as part of the larger team overseeing the collection. Dvorkin has organized eight exhibitions in the US and abroad for DeWoody. Continue reading

Hotels & Hospitality: The Peninsula New York Unveils New Signature Offering, The Fifth Avenue Suite

The Peninsula New York announces the newest addition to the hotel’s collection of signature suites, with the unveiling of The Fifth Avenue Suite. Located on the 17th floor and boasting spectacular views of Fifth Avenue, the new suite spans over 2,500 sq. ft. and is now the second largest at the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond rated property, with an elegant dining room, expansive living room, gourmet kitchen and custom handcrafted touches by world-renowned artisans. The Fifth Avenue Suite also marks the introduction of The Peninsula group’s signature advanced guest room tablet technology to the hotel.


The Peninsula New York’s The Fifth Avenue Suite Living Room

Designed by New York-based Bill Rooney of Bill Rooney Studio Inc. to reflect a modern design reminiscent of a grand New York apartment, the one-bedroom suite opens to a crisp entryway complete with fully paneled white leather walls and black and white granite flooring to exude a chic, yet elegant look. An expansive, bright living room has been intentionally designed to highlight the stunning views of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue from the oversized windows included within. The room features polished fine wood-trimmed walls with herringbone walnut flooring, an 80-inch flat screen television and relaxing seating area focusing around the views of Fifth Avenue.


The Peninsula New York’s Fifth Avenue Suite’s In-Room Office Area


The Fifth Avenue Suite Dining Room

The stunning 10-seat dining room can be combined or separated from the living room by hand-crafted, decorative glass panel doors with a New York-inspired geometric motif created by local artisan, Michael Glickman. Diners will be enveloped by hand-painted floral motif murals by Hong Kong-based artist David Qian. A gourmet kitchen with state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances connects to the dining room, complete with an interior wine cellar to accommodate up to 50 bottles of wine.


The Peninsula New York’s The Fifth Avenue Suite Kitchen

In the bedroom, a custom-made headboard crafted from embossed leather to highlight the New York skyline has been hand sculpted by London-based artist, Helen Amy Murray. A southern-facing window with views that expand down Fifth Avenue delivers an ideal backdrop of the city scape below, inclusive of a bird’s eye view of the Museum of Modern Art’s Sculpture Garden.


The Peninsula New York’s The Fifth Avenue Suite Bedroom

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Health Watch: CDC Updates Guidance For Wynwood (FL) Neighborhood With Active Zika Transmission

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated guidance for people who travel to or live in the approximately 1-square-mile area in Wynwood, Florida, just north of downtown Miami. Previous guidance was put in place on August 1 after Florida and CDC epidemiologists determined that mosquitoes were actively spreading Zika virus in the area, resulting in infections among several local residents and visitors. No new cases of locally transmitted Zika have been reported in the Wynwood-designated area since early August, and low numbers of mosquitoes have been found in traps there for the past several weeks since aerial application of the larvicide Bti and the adulticide Naled.


This is a transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Zika virus, which is a member of the family Flaviviridae. Virus particles are 40 nm in diameter, with an outer envelope, and an inner dense core. Photo Credit: Cynthia Goldsmith

CDC’s update modifies the August 1 guidance that advised pregnant women to avoid travel to the Wynwood-designated area. CDC’s revised guidance for the Wynwood-designated area is that

  • Pregnant women and their partners living in or traveling to the area should follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Pregnant women and partners of pregnant women who are concerned about potential Zika virus exposure may also consider postponing nonessential travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County.
  • Women and men who lived in or traveled to the area should be aware this location was considered an area of active Zika virus transmission from June 15 to September 18, 2016. Pregnant women should talk to their doctor or other healthcare provider about getting tested for Zika; and people who have a pregnant sex partner should consistently and correctly use condoms to prevent passing Zika during sex or they should not have sex during the pregnancy.
  • Women and men who do not have signs or symptoms of Zika and who traveled to the area from June 15 to September 18 should wait at least 8 weeks before trying to get pregnant.
  • Men who had signs or symptoms of Zika or were diagnosed with Zika and who traveled to the area from June 15 to September 18 should wait at least 6 months before trying to get their partner pregnant.

In addition, all pregnant women in the United States should be evaluated for possible Zika virus exposure during each prenatal care visit. Each evaluation should include an assessment of signs and symptoms of Zika virus disease (acute onset of fever, rash, arthralgia, conjunctivitis) and their travel history, as well as their sexual partner’s potential exposure to Zika virus and history of any illness consistent with Zika virus disease to determine whether Zika virus testing is needed.

We understand that this has been a difficult time for Wynwood residents and visitors,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “We’ve reached this point because of the tremendous progress with mosquito control in the affected area, including the combination of aerial application of the larvicide Bti and the adulticide Naled, and rigorous investigation of possible Zika infections by Florida health officials. Still, we encourage people not to let down their guard. We could see additional cases. People living in or visiting Miami-Dade County, particularly pregnant women, are encouraged to continue to take steps to prevent mosquito bites and to follow guidelines for preventing sexual transmission.

The CDC’s Interim Zika Response Plan recommends the time encompassing three mosquito incubation periods , should pass without any new cases for interventions, such as travel guidance, to end. Because mosquito season in southern Florida continues through the fall, additional cases could be identified. CDC advises state and local health departments to continue monitoring the area for any new evidence of active Zika transmission.

As of September 14, a total of 3,176 cases of Zika have been reported in the continental United States and Hawaii through CDC’s ArboNet. These cases include 43 locally transmitted mosquito-borne cases in Florida, 26 cases believed to be the result of sexual transmission, and one case that was the result of a laboratory exposure.

For more information about Zika, visit https://www.cdc.gov/zika/.

World Chess Hall of Fame Celebrates Five Years in Saint Louis


Debuts Three New Exhibitions Spanning Nearly Five Centuries of Chess & Art

Exhibits Open Thursday, September 29 and Feature Chess Sets from the Dr. George & Vivian Dean Collection, Highlights from the Permanent Collection and Loans from Prominent Institutions and Lenders

This month, the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) in Saint Louis celebrates its five year anniversary. The organization opened its doors in Saint Louis in 2011 and has since welcomed nearly 60,000 visitors from around the world.

In a very short time period, the World Chess Hall of Fame has become a significant cultural and educational hub in the Saint Louis community and beyond,” Shannon Bailey, chief curator, said. “We want to express our sincere gratitude to our patrons and supporters all over the world who have made this possible.

World Chess Hall of Fame Insects Chess Set and Board

Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Natural Splendors from the Chess Collection of Dr. George & Vivian Dean. Insects Chess Set and Board, c. 1790. (PRNewsFoto/World Chess Hall of Fame)

The World Chess Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization committed to building awareness for the cultural and artistic significance of chess. It opened on Sept. 9, 2011, in the Central West End after moving from previous locations in New Windsor, New York; Washington, D.C.; and Miami. The World Chess Hall of Fame is located at 4652 Maryland Avenue, housed in an historic 15,900 square-foot residence-turned-business, and features the U.S. and World Chess Halls of Fame, displays of artifacts from the permanent collection and exhibitions highlighting the great players, historic games and rich cultural history of chess. The World Chess Hall of Fame partners with the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis to provide innovative programming and outreach to local, national and international audiences.

The WCHOF’s widespread acclaim has been complemented by the efforts of its sister organization, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, an educational institution that focuses on teaching and promoting the game of chess. The combined efforts of the Saint Louis chess campus led to the United States Senate to declare Saint Louis the national capital of chess.

The anniversary will be commemorated at an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 29, where the WCHOF will debut three new exhibits:

  • Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Natural Splendors from the Chess Collection of Dr. George & Vivian Dean. Guest curated by Larry List, this exhibition features over 30 magnificent, antique chess sets inspired by the natural world or created from organic materials and acquired over 5 decades of collecting by the Deans. The rare sets will be exhibited alongside natural specimens and tools. The oldest set in the exhibit is a rock crystal chess set and board from Germany, dating to 1525. Other lenders to the show include the Dennos Museum Center, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Missouri History Museum, the Saint Louis Science Center, Washington University in Saint Louis, and the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, among others. The exhibit will run through March 12, 2017.
  • Designing Chessmen: A Taste of The Imagery of Chess offers a glimpse into the historic, widely-publicized exhibit of 1944, The Imagery of Chess, a show in which artists interpreted the game of chess through art. In a nod to The Imagery of Chess, the current exhibit features works from or inspired by the 1944 exhibition by well-known artists such as Man Ray, Max Ernst, and Alexander Calder on loan from prominent institutions and private collections. Lenders include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Calder Foundation, the Kemper Art Museum, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, Collection of Doug Polumbaum, and the Jean and Julien Levy Foundation for the Arts, among others. The exhibit will run through March 12, 2017.
  • Open Files: Celebrating 5 Years of Collecting is an exhibit showcasing 100 select artifacts, illustrating the depth and breadth of the museum’s collection, developed through donations and acquisitions made since 2011. Highlights will include chess sets inspired by popular culture, trophies from the Piatigorsky and Sinquefield Cups, tournament scoresheets, photographs, chess pins, print advertisements and caricatures, advertisements, and other artifacts related to chess history and culture. The exhibit will run through March 26, 2017.

Admission to all three exhibits is complimentary with a suggested donation of $5.

WCHOF Hours: Monday–Tuesday and Saturdays (10 a.m.–5 p.m.), Wednesdays–Fridays (10 a.m.–9 p.m.) and Sundays (noon–5 p.m.)

Proceeds from Q Boutique, the gift store of the WCHOF, support the exhibitions and education programs of the WCHOF.

For more information, please visit the World Chess Hall of Fame online at www.worldchesshof.org or call (314) 367-9243(WCHF). Visit their social channels: Facebook (@WorldChessHOF), Twitter (@WorldChessHOF), Instagram (@worldchesshof), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/worldchesshof), 5th Year Anniversary hashtag: #5YearsofChess.