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Artist Uses 100,000 Banned Books To Build A Full-Size Parthenon At Historic Nazi Book Burning Site
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Artist Uses 100,000 Banned Books To Build A Full-Size Parthenon At Historic Nazi Book Burning Site

Argentinian artist Marta Minujín, 74, has created a monumental replica of the Greek Parthenon from 100,000 copies of banned books. According to the artist, it symbolizes the resistance to political repression.

The Parthenon of Books in Kassel, Germany is part of the Documenta 14 art festival. With the help of students from Kassel University, Minujín identified over 170 titles that were or are banned in different countries around the world, and constructed the full-size replica of the iconic temple from those books, plastic sheeting, and steel.

But probably what is Germany’s most controversial book – Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” – will not figure on the Parthenon. And for a good reason: the Nazis were notorious censors of books. In fact, Minujín’s work stands on a historic site where the Nazis burnt some 2,000 books 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.

More info: documenta14.de (h/t: mmm)

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Audrey
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Harry Potter banned ? They are afraid if people learn magic tricks ?

Kjorn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

magic is evil!! but pedophilia is good according the the vatican

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Virgil Blue
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But what will happen if the book you want is part of a pillar?

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Elizabeth Newton
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

While I love it and it's impressive as hell, that's a lot of plastic wrap :/

Abdellah Najime
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think that there's a whole bunch of books that I have to read..

Maria Lazaridou
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where on earth is Mickey mouse banned? And why?

Marcos Graff
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pretty much in every communist state thrugh history and in some military anti-imperialist dictatorships. Franco in Spain banned it, Cahvez in Venezuela also did it.

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Caroline Driver
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I noticed Twilight in there. That should be banned because it's awful writing, nothing else.

Vivien Szaniszlo
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really love books, and every kind of arts. And this is both of them :)

Nancy E
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can't stop looking at these pictures. What an amazing artist !

Mike Scholz
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The pictures make it look good. It looks not that good in person. I live in the city and they only built it for the documenta

Sophie G
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

meanwhile, I'm on BP, beingincrediblyusefulTOO

Quinn Purdy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For some reason this makes me emotional

Sam AE
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

1984 banned... for obvious reason keep the sheeple sheepheaded

Pi...
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lol! I saw the Twilight Franchise in there!

Jr
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is greatness !!

BlakCircleGirl
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Banned books should be on your "to read" list.

Exadoor Rising123
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a fantastic achievement and such a powerful message.

June Pixeld
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is a great thing to do to keep reminding us of our history. Who knows maybe in 100 years it will be made from banned internet websites:)

Tim Herrmann
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is more than 2500 different titles hanging and currently just above 50000 books. Also people can still send banned books to be a part of the project and check out the list of banned books (far over 100000 titles) here: http://www.documenta14.de/en/news/1601/call-for-book-donations If you need more info, I did not find an easier way to contact you. Not using this site. I'm one of the students working on this project. :)

Tracey MacDonald
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ironic, the banned books in the structure, are inaccessible for use....... I get the symbolism. But for the money and effort, why not build a bibliothek?

Melina Terraza Ponce
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The books will be donated at the end of the festival, Minujín did the same work in Argentina in 1983 to celebrate democracy and the books were also donated at the end.

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Agnes Jekyll
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful, and important. I wonder if, when the festival is over, the artist will provide scissors so people can cut out books they want?

Sam AE
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

but how can you read these if you stick em to a wall :(

Châu Trần
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why? How about giving them to the people who need them?

Jenni Ester
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is amazing, but won't the books get ruined if it rains? Hopefully that plastic is very strong. I would love see it :)

Victoria Mathis
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's just crazy to understand how many mind opening books have been banned or are currently banned. For years after 9-11, the Secretary General of the UN's book was banned in the U.S . Teen author, Jud Bloom's book, "It's me, God" is still banned in some school district's.

Linda Cockburn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And a fuck ton of disposable plastic - fail!

Amy Tae
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So the sun's heat is going to melt the plastic to the book covers : / Or at the very least, fade them.

Roger Lee
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The catcher n the rye,why?

Gottlob Frege
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I dn't get the purpose if a list of banned books/ by/ countries isn't done ...

Alberto Curutchet
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel like at a certain point every book has been banned in at least one place...

Kenri Basar
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those sheets of plastic wrapped like that is making me uneasy... I can't breathe!

Michael Foley
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I disagree. I prefer my art to be aesthetically pleasing. This is a wire-frame monstrosity.

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Guy L'Hoste
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's okay. A Mickey Mouse comic book was up there. So, that makes it all okay.

Hal Muskat
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Are they going to burn this?

Charles O
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Brilliant artist rendering a brilliant message, one which needs to be remembered lest one of the darkest chapters in human history be repeated once again.

Michael Foley
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The article is misleading. It states that the artist "created a monumental replica of the Greek Parthenon from 100,000 copies of banned books". It isn't a work of art 'built from' books, but a wire-frame construct 'decorated' with books. Quite a big difference. And boring.

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Charles O
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fantastic! A brilliant artist with a brilliant message, a message which should never be forgotten, lest an exceedingly dark chapter of human history should be repeated again.

Sick Boy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Making stuff out of unexpected stuff isn't that much of a news anymore.

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George Hudacko
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What can we build to counter act/comment on Trump?

Michael Foley
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Build a Parthenon-sized Kremlin Butt and stick all the media talking heads up it.

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DeusCurrentMachina O.
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

99.9% of these books are still banned in Muslim countries.

Juan Alcorta
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What if, instead of horrible conceptual art, we use the money to donate books to those who can´t afford them?

Marcos Graff
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My thoughts exactly but if it helps, the artist donates a good chunk of the money from her expositions to charities in Argentina.

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Jenica Baetiong
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I actually felt pretty horrified seeing those books on the walls outside. I get the intent but one way or another some of those books are going to be damaged. Not exactly an ideal place for them despite all the plastic. Would have been better if people could actually read them.

Gerry Higgins
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5 years ago

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What does the Parthenon have to do with Nazis ? ..... nothing

Valentina
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

nazi flag hung up there when they occupied Greece.

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Milo Rastapopoulos
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Harry Potter, that mind-numbing shit, should be banned everywhere in the world.

Amanda
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So should people like you. Harry Potter is better in so many ways.

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Sick Boy
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5 years ago

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These copies will all end up in trash at the end of the day and no one gets to read them. Kind of ironic, considering the intent.

Lauren Dowden
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I read that at the end of the presentation. The books are given away for free.

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Audrey
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Harry Potter banned ? They are afraid if people learn magic tricks ?

Kjorn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

magic is evil!! but pedophilia is good according the the vatican

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Virgil Blue
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But what will happen if the book you want is part of a pillar?

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Elizabeth Newton
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

While I love it and it's impressive as hell, that's a lot of plastic wrap :/

Abdellah Najime
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think that there's a whole bunch of books that I have to read..

Maria Lazaridou
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where on earth is Mickey mouse banned? And why?

Marcos Graff
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pretty much in every communist state thrugh history and in some military anti-imperialist dictatorships. Franco in Spain banned it, Cahvez in Venezuela also did it.

Load More Replies...
Caroline Driver
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I noticed Twilight in there. That should be banned because it's awful writing, nothing else.

Vivien Szaniszlo
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really love books, and every kind of arts. And this is both of them :)

Nancy E
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can't stop looking at these pictures. What an amazing artist !

Mike Scholz
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The pictures make it look good. It looks not that good in person. I live in the city and they only built it for the documenta

Sophie G
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

meanwhile, I'm on BP, beingincrediblyusefulTOO

Quinn Purdy
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For some reason this makes me emotional

Sam AE
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

1984 banned... for obvious reason keep the sheeple sheepheaded

Pi...
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lol! I saw the Twilight Franchise in there!

Jr
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is greatness !!

BlakCircleGirl
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Banned books should be on your "to read" list.

Exadoor Rising123
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a fantastic achievement and such a powerful message.

June Pixeld
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is a great thing to do to keep reminding us of our history. Who knows maybe in 100 years it will be made from banned internet websites:)

Tim Herrmann
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is more than 2500 different titles hanging and currently just above 50000 books. Also people can still send banned books to be a part of the project and check out the list of banned books (far over 100000 titles) here: http://www.documenta14.de/en/news/1601/call-for-book-donations If you need more info, I did not find an easier way to contact you. Not using this site. I'm one of the students working on this project. :)

Tracey MacDonald
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ironic, the banned books in the structure, are inaccessible for use....... I get the symbolism. But for the money and effort, why not build a bibliothek?

Melina Terraza Ponce
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The books will be donated at the end of the festival, Minujín did the same work in Argentina in 1983 to celebrate democracy and the books were also donated at the end.

Load More Replies...
Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful, and important. I wonder if, when the festival is over, the artist will provide scissors so people can cut out books they want?

Sam AE
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

but how can you read these if you stick em to a wall :(

Châu Trần
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why? How about giving them to the people who need them?

Jenni Ester
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is amazing, but won't the books get ruined if it rains? Hopefully that plastic is very strong. I would love see it :)

Victoria Mathis
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's just crazy to understand how many mind opening books have been banned or are currently banned. For years after 9-11, the Secretary General of the UN's book was banned in the U.S . Teen author, Jud Bloom's book, "It's me, God" is still banned in some school district's.