On July 18, 1937, the Nazis put on what was to become an annual art show—the “Great German Art Exhibition,” in Munich’s Haus der Kunst. The images on display included classical and pastoral images, realistic portraits and still lifes, nudes, landscapes and images out of German mythology. The following day, a companion exhibition opened nearby. Called the “Degenerate Art” exhibition (“Entartete Kunst”), it was a collection of more than 650 paintings and artworks confiscated from German museums representing Impressionism, Dadaism, Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism and all the “modern” movements that defined 20th-century art; everything, essentially, that the Nazis deemed dangerous to the “Thousand-Year Reich.”
It’s a replica of Greek temple the Parthenon, but instead of marble this installation is made from 100,000 banned books.
The creation, called ‘The Parthenon of Books’, is the centre piece of this year’s Documenta 14 exhibition in German city Kassel.
Created by conceptual artist Marta Minujín, its aim is to stir debate around censorship.It has also been installed at the same site where Nazis burned books by Jewish or Marxist writers in 1933. The 170 titles that form the building include the Bible, Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
This is absolutely amazing!!! I’d love to be able to see this in person.
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