“The Parthenon Of Books:” Installation Made From 100,000 Prohibited Books

With the idea to make people reflect on the political repression in the past and the present, Argentinian artist Marta Minujín designed a fascinating installation constructed with 100,000 banned books. The installation named The Parthenon of Books is developed as an art replica of the Greek Parthenon, as part of the art festival Documenta 14, in Kassel, Germany.

The Parthenon of Books is a symbolic representation of the influence of politics and is built with books that were or still are prohibited in some countries around the world. The artist shared the idea for including numerous banned books in her art installation and asked the public to donate them so that she, together with students from the Kassel University, could construct the replica.

Wrapped in plastic, the 100,000 books are hanging from the structure which sits on the place where 2,000 books were burned in the Nazi Book Burning in the 1930s, which is a reminder of the constant censorship of those who were viewed as opponents of Nazi ideologies.