Marta Minujín is a 74 year old artist from Argentina, and she has just built a full-sized monumental replica of the Greek Parthenon from 100,000 copies of banned books. The piece is currently on view in Kassel, Germany where Nazis knowly held a book burning party in 1933 as part of a very broad campaign of censorship. “Where they burn books, at the end they also burn people,” Heinrich Heine said in the 19th century.
The Parthenon of Books in Kassel, Germany is part of a 100-day art exhibition called Documenta 14. Minujín worked with many students from Kassel University and they succeeded in identifying more than 170 titles that were or are banned in different countries around the globe, The banned books were then wrapped in a plastic sheeting to protect them from the elements while allowing visitors to easily identify each title.
According to the artist, the form of the Parthenon was chosen because it defines “the aesthetic and political ideals of the world’s first democracy.”
The Parthenon of Books will be on display until mid-September.
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