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World famous artists including Damien Hirst and Rachel Whiteread have designed unique chess sets for a special exhibition currently on display at the Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland.

Damien Hirst explores the world's obsession with mortality by casting medicine bottles in silver and glass with engraved labels on a mirrored glass board upon a surgical trolley.

Italian artist Maurizo Cattelan, famous for his installation of Pope John Paul II squashed by a meteorite, has made a chess set populated by good and evil figures. On the black side are Adolf Hitler and Cruella deVil, opposed by Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa, among others.

Jake and Dinos Chapman have chosen to create a game played by post-apocalyptic adolescents; one side white with blonde styled haircuts, the other black with afro hair, and complete with its own handcrafted wooden games box, and board inlaid with double-headed skull and crossbones.

For his chess set Tom Friedman uses mixed media to create a random selection of objects, often referencing his larger work. The king on the white side is an exact replica of one of his previous large scale works...

...while the king of the black side is a pencil in reverse perspective. Other objects include a tiny steel ball, a can of beer and a toothpaste carton

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has designed an organic chess set with hand painted porcelain pieces housed in a leather pumpkin case

Having previously completed a work in 2007 which consisted of a set of dice cut from amber with mosquitoes making up each of the die's digits, Alastair Mackie has made a chess set in which each piece encapsulates a single suspended insect. While the white pieces are represented by flying insects....

...the black side are ground-based creepy-crawlies, including a scorpion as the king

Rachel Whiteread constructs her chess set out of copies of her own dollhouse furniture collection, the two sides comprising of utilities versus furnishings

Paul McCarthy has constructed his set entirely out of random objects chosen from the contents of his kitchen, including a board fabricated from his kitchen floor

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