Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

100,000 banned texts have been built into an incredible 'Parthenon of books’

banned books 1.JPG

As Malala Yousafzai says, the extremists are afraid of books and pens because the power of education frightens them.

It was with this in mind that Argentinian artist Marta Minujín decided to create a replica of the Greek Parthenon using 100,000 books that are still banned across the world today.

As part of the Documenta 14 art festival in Germany, the Argentinian artist built the full-size replica at Friedrichsplatz in Kassel, the site of a famous Nazi book-burning when the fascist party were at the height of their power.

The Parthenon

The Parthenon/Instagram @alsoperrypunny

Using a pre-built steel structure and created with the assistance of Kassel University students, the replica features titles including Catcher In The Rye, The Da Vinci Code and Brave New World.

All of the banned books were gathered and stacked into a reconstruction of an Ancient Greek structure, which was selected as a symbol of the egalitarian ideals associated with democratic freedom. 


Read more: The Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld and Big Little Lies sweep the 2017 Emmy nominations


While Hitler’s Mein Kampf is still banned in some countries, Minujín made a conscious decision not to include it in the structure, larggely owing to the fact that  the Nazi regime were notorious banners of books (they burned over 2,000 of them during the ‘Campaign against the Un-German Spirit’).

The structure is in Kassel, Germany

The structure is in Kassel, Germany/Instagram @c.c.kaspar

Minujín has called her structure “a symbol of opposition to the banning of writings and the persecution of their authors.”

The incredible female artist built a similar installation in Argentina after the fall of the ruling civilian-military dictatorship in 1983.


Read more: Lily James is bringing some fairy-tale magic to the Mamma Mia! sequel


Five days after the junta had fallen, the artist invited visitors to pick up one of the banned books to take home.

And just like with the previous structure, the thousands of books included will be returned to their owners after the installation is taken down.

Until then, the structure will stand in the German city for 100 days.  

Photos: Instagram

Related

Airbnb.jpg

A racist Airbnb host is receiving a very satisfying punishment

rexfeatures_8957056f.jpg

Why Love Island’s Chris is being praised by mental health charities

rexfeatures_8960065k.jpg

Trump meets Brigitte Macron, is ridiculously sexist, world despairs

Comments

More

Amazon Prime snaps up seven Agatha Christie TV projects

And stars of Gossip Girl and Love Actually have signed on for the first

by Amy Swales
19 Jul 2017

Hey muggles, there are two brand-new Harry Potter books coming out

They’re set to fly onto shelves this Halloween

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Jul 2017

“How Jane Austen radically changed female desire and relationships”

Let’s talk about sex, ladies

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Jul 2017

Bank of England makes awkward Jane Austen blunder on new £10 note

Erm, guys – did you even read Pride & Prejudice?

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Jul 2017

This one reading habit could boost your happiness levels

It's all to do with adventure stories

by Anna Brech
12 Jul 2017

Lost manuscript discovered in home of Where The Wild Things Are author

“What a miracle to find this buried treasure in the archives”

by Anna Brech
12 Jul 2017

Why we love bullet journals, according to science

The brightly coloured pages have a multitude of benefits

by Sarah Biddlecombe
11 Jul 2017

JK Rowling explains why her new fairy tale may never be published

The secret manuscript is kept in a rather unusual location

by Moya Crockett
11 Jul 2017

5 amazing new memoirs to read on your summer holiday

Pack one of these stunning reads in your beach bag

by Moya Crockett
06 Jul 2017

We finally know what Fantastic Beasts 2 is about, and it sounds epic

There are some “surprising nods” to the Harry Potter stories

by Kayleigh Dray
04 Jul 2017