This parthenon in Kassel is a temporary piece of art, protest and
public involvement. This replica of the ancient Greek temple on the
Athenian Acropolis is not a structure of marble columns, but an
architectural sculpture based on metal tubes surrounded by plastic
sheeting with transparent bags featuring books:
books that were once prohibited or are still
banned today somewhere in our world.
The Parthenon of Books is a temple of
Argentinian artist Marta Minujuín
conceptualized this Documenta 14
installation as a protest against censorship of free speech.
The parthenon books were submitted by the public and redistributed to
the public. On the Long Night
(July 29, 2017)—an open stage event at the parthenon—visitors were
invited to read in various languages from once-banned books or recite
their own texts or poems.