Argentine artist Marta Minugin, 74, created a monumental copy of the Greek Parthenon from 100,000 copies of forbidden books. According to the artist, this symbolizes resistance to political repression.
The Parthenon of Books in Kassel, Germany, is part of the Documenta 14. Festival of Arts. With the help of students from the University of Kassel, Minugin identified over 170 titles that were or were prohibited in different countries of the world, and built a full-sized copy of the iconic temple from these books, plastic Sheets and steel.
But, probably, what is the most controversial book in Germany – “Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler – will not appear on the Parthenon. And for a good reason: the Nazis were notorious censors of books. In fact, the work of Minudzhin stands on a historical site where the Nazis burned about 2,000 books in 1933 as part of a very wide censorship campaign. “Where they burn books, in the end they also burn people,” Heinrich Heine said in the 19th century.
Additional information: Documenta14