The Parthenon of Books on Kassel's Friedrichsplatz

Parthenon of Banned Books

The center piece of the Documenta 14 exhibition: a parthenon replica protesting censorship of free speech

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 forbidden books. 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.
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