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"Parthenon Book" was built in Kassel

One of the most influential and prestigious contemporary art exhibitions in the world of Document-14 (Dokumenta) opened its second international venue in Kassel, Germany. Among the most impressive exhibits is the giant Book Parthenon, which was created by an Argentinean artist and sculptor Marta Minujn (Marta Minujín), which took about 100 thousand volumes of books.Among the publications used for artistic "construction" are books that were banned at various times in certain countries: "Doctor Zhivago" Pasternak, "Don Quixote" by Cervantes, "On the Western Front Without Change" Remark, Reincarnation Kafka. Material for a kind of artistic construction Marta sent publishers and writers from around the world. And the theme of the exhibition, which will give a powerful impetus to modern art for the next five years - "Learning from Athens." Authors from 160 countries of the world will present their works.Installation of the "Parthenon of the Book" by Martha Minukhin.
Photo: Mathias Volzke. Photo source: documenta14. de

The first Parthenon would have been created by Marta Minuhin 34 years ago in Buenos Aires. Then the artist dedicated her project to the fall of the military dictatorship in her native country. The "bricks" for the project were books banned by the junta. Not one book went missing - after the end of the exposition, the building was laid on the ground with the help of construction equipment, and visitors could take the books themselves.
Photo source: documenta14.de. Photo from the archive of Marta Minuchin (Marta Minujín).

With love for books: every “building” element of the “Book Parthenon” is carefully packed to protect it from rain.
Photo: Maxie Fisher. Photo source: documenta14. dephoto Rosa Maria Ruahling (publication on the official website of the exhibition)

The project “Book Parthenon” was repeated by the Polish curator of the exhibition, Adam Shimchik, co-founder of the Warsaw gallery Foxal, in the framework of the 14th Papers. A significant place on the “Document” is devoted to discussions about migration and borders, including personal stories of migrants and refugees, told in the first person.
Photo: dpa. Photo source: noz. de

The first “Document”, which took place in Kassel in 1955, was supposed to restore the tradition of modern avant-garde exhibitions in Germany, which the Nazis interrupted in 1937, who staged the “Exhibition of Degenerative Art”. The founder and first curator of the Documents was the artist Arnold Bode.If during the day the “Book Parthenon” is striking in its monumentality, at night, thanks to the backlight, its columns and walls glow with magical lights illuminated by special light sources. The art object will shine every night throughout the Documents.In Athens, the Documenta will run until July 16, and in Kassel it will open on June 10 and will run until September 17, 2017. Arthiv: read us in Telegram and look on Instagram
Based on the press release of the website of the organizers of the exhibition documenta14. de, also based on materials from open sources

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