Argentinian conceptual artist Marta Minujín has just installed The Parthenon of Books in Kassel, Germany. It’s a part of the Documenta 14 art festival. Created from 100,000 banned books, this architectural replica of the Parthenon in Athens is a work in progress. With the public being ask to continue bringing volumes with them when visiting the exhibition.
Working with students from Kassel University, the artist identify 170 books from around the world that were at one point banned or are banned in some countries while circulating freely in others.
The Parthenon of Books sits on a space where 2,000 books were burn by the Nazis as part of the so-called Action against the Un-German Spirit. It’s a stark reminder that the written word has consistently been use in actions of censorship throughout history.