In Germany from 100 thousand censored books built the temple.
On the streets of the German city of Kassel, there was an unusual sight – a giant replica of the Parthenon, built from hundreds of thousands of books once banned by censors of various countries.
The installation was erected within the international contemporary art exhibition Documenta.
The purpose of the author of the “Book of the Parthenon,” the 74-year-old conceptual artist from South America, the Martha Minukhin to attract the audience’s attention to prohibited publications, among which we can find literary masterpieces. Books for installations started collecting a year ago. In search of the artist helped the students of the University of Kassel.
“Parthenon” is set approximately at the same place where in 1933, the Nazis burned books by Jewish and Marxist writers. The original Parthenon – ancient Greek temple located on the Acropolis of Athens, one of the most popular tourist sites in the world.
100 000 books were wrapped in plastic packaging and attached to a metal structure with cranes and numerous volunteers. Among the publications: the Bible, “the adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark TWAIN, “the Satanic verses” by Salman Rushdie and “Doctor Zhivago” by Boris Pasternak, “don Quixote” Cervantes, “On the Western front” by Remarque, “the metamorphosis” by Kafka, and many others.
International contemporary art exhibition Documenta takes place every five years, this year for the 14th time, it lasts 100 days and it is visited by about a million people. In addition to the “Book of the Parthenon”, presented at the exhibition and other interesting objects.
Installation of tarpaulin and cotton threads
The curtain of skulls of deer
The installation “Blood mill”
The painting “untitled”
Installation “Stage light wall”
Visitors look into the “historic gate”
Video installation “Byzantium”
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