74th FIDE Congress: Annex 29 - Committee on Chess Art, Exhibition and Philately Report Print
Sunday, 22 February 2004 00:00
The meeting of the committee was held on October 29, 2003 in Kallithea, Halkidiki, Greece

74th FIDE Congress Chess Art, Exhibition and Philately 29 October 2003 Kallithea, Halkidiki, Greece Report

Chairman: Mr. Lothar Schmid (GER) Present: Pedrazzini Franco (ITA), Antonio Curado (POR), G. Qaderi (AFG), M.s. Yousufzai (AFG), David Jarrett (ENG), S. L Harsh (IND), Robert B Tanner (USA). Attending: From October 24-26 in Berlin a congress took place by CCI (Chess Collectors International) in the memory of Schadows Schachclub which has been founded just 200 years ago 1803-1850. On this occasion, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin Kunstbibliothek has published a catalogue by the chess historians Barbara und Hans Hollander. It shows paintings on chess and other pictures, as well as photographs of chessmen, which have been used that time, further on a chapter about the history of chess in Germany. Together with professor Hollander worked the President of CCI in Europe, Dr. Thomas Thomsen. A report is added. During this event, a young artist Volker Maisel from Bamberg showed and demonstrated a special exhibition of diagrams from a chess game and a so-called transposition into the Chinese letters. This gives us a new type of thoughts and meanings. We met also members of the Emanuel Lasker foundation, which has now the former house of the World Champion (1894-1921) available for other chess exhibitions near Berlin in Thyrow. Enclosed as well is a report in German language. At least we discussed possibilities for taking over the chess library of our mutual friend Kenneth Whyld who passed away in England several months ago. It might be possible that these valuable books should come to a small museum not far from the FIDE office at the lake of Geneva. Our treasurer, Mr. David Jarrett has been asked by the museum for some financial help, but is not sure yet whether FIDE will be able to do so. Otherwise, we were glad to hear from him that next year at the Isle of Man and elsewhere new chess stamps will be edited. We had the pleasure to meet chess friends from England, India, Italy, Portugal, USA and especially Afghanistan during our session. We intend to work together worldwide further on. Lothar Schmid, Chairman

Chess Collectors International Annual Meeting of the German Section In Berlin – 24. oct. – 26. oct. 2003

The meeting started with a joint dinner in the conference Hotel preceded by a cocktail hour to allow for time to assemble. Our Dinner Speaker was Prof. Dr. Hans Hollander, the foremost authority on collectors cabinets as they were common in the 16 – 18 Century. The lectures and papers were presented to a large audience in the auditorium of the Museum of Applied Arts. Prof. Dr. Hollander presented audio-visually the background and the details of the Exhibition titled “Schadows Schachklub” (see below). Following this Dr. Thomas Thomsen, President of Chess Collectors International showed slides and presented the individual chess sets in the Exhibition. IGM Lothar Schmid followed with a paper presenting graphic Art with chess themes corresponding to the period of Schadows Schachklub. Further talks about the planned activities and discussions followed. It was decided to hold the next “German” meeting in Selb, the famous porcelain-city. For 2004 the international meeting is planned for Madrid, Spain, contingent on the ability to organize pertinent exhibitions. Finally in the year 2005 the Hamburg Chess Club celebrates its 175th anniversary and a large exhibition is in preparation. The highlight of the meeting was the visit to the Exhibition “Schadows Schachklub” in the Art Library located in the same building. Schadow, a well known sculptor, was a founding member of the club whose history is the main subject of the exhibition. A well researched and well illustrated catalogue is available. In the afternoon we had a wonderful and long cocktail party during which antique chess sets, modern mammoth task sets, paintings and a calligraphic interpretation of a chess match, were presented. This was followed by a joint dinner. The next morning a visit to the Pergamon Museum gave us the opportunity to see the various Islamic chess pieces of the 10 – 11 Century. We said good bye to our friends after a simple lunch. T. Thomsen 27.10.2003

Nutzungskonzept fur das Laskerhaus in Thyrow

Emanual Laskers ehemaliges Sommerhaus in Thyrow (sudlich von Berlin) ist das einzige Gebaude, das uns im Umfeld seiner ehemaligen Lebens- und Wirkungsstatte an den großen Schachmeister und eindrucksvollen Menschen Lasker erinnert. Mehr als ein halbes Jahrhundert, nachdem die Nationalsozialisten ihn ins Exil getrieben haben, unternimmt es jetty die Emanuel Lasker Gesellschaft, das von ihr vor dem Abriß gerettete Haus als Erinnerungsstatte wieder aufzubauen. So groβ aber der ideelle Wert dieses schachhistorichen Kulturerbes auch ist - es stellt sich die Frage nach seiner praktischen Nutzung. Der gegenwartige Stand der Planung sieht die folgenden Punkte vor. Die Emanuel lasker Gesellschaft ist offen fur Vorschlage, die eine weiter gehende Nutzung im Sinne ihres Namensgebers anregen. 1. Lasker-Gedenkbibliothek und Daueraustellung. Bibliothek und Austellung zu Leben und Werk Emanuel Laskers werden der interessierten offentlichkeit des in- und Auslands zuganglich sein. In Wechselausstellungen sollen weitere Themen mit Bezug zu lasker Prasentiert werden, z.B. zur Geschichte der Strategiespiele, zur mathematischen Spieltheorie und uber die vielfaltigen kulturellen Bezuge des Schachspiels. 2. Forschungsstelle „Leben und Geschichte judischer Schachspieler“ Die Wirkung judischer Spieler im deutschen und internationalen Scahc ist bedeutend aber bisher kaum systematisch erforscht; auch der Bezug zur Region Berlin/Brandenburg harrt noch der Aufarbeitung. Herausragende judische meister und Publiyisten des 19, und fruhen 20.Jahrhunderts (neben Lasker u.a. Julius Mendheim, Jean Dufresne, Bernhard Kagan, Akiba Rubinstein) haben hier gelebt und gewirkt. Auf Basis des bei der Emanuel Lasker Gesellschaft vorhandenen umfangreichen Quelleenmaterils und Wissens soll Forschem die Moglichkeit gegeben werden, im Rahmen von Studienaufenthalten die vorhandenen Lucken zu schließen. 3. Vortrags- und Begegnungsstatte Uber die reine Forschungstatigkeit hinaus wird das Laskerhaus auch einen Treffpunkt der an Schachkultur und –geschichte interessierten bilden. Die Raumlichkeiten bilden einen idealen Rahmen fur Vortrage und Diskussionen in einem uberschaubaren Kreis. Der genius loci wird ein Ubriges tun, die Teilnehmer zu kreativem Austausch von von Wissen, ideen und Meinungen zu inspirieren. 4. Geschaftsstelle der Emanuel Lasker Gesellschaft Die Verwaltung und das stetig wachsende Archiv der ELG werden nach Thyrow verlagert werden, sobald dort die notwendigen raumlichen gegebenheiten vorhanden sind.

 
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