Marta Minujín: The “Deconstruction” of The Parthenon of Forbidden Books

Posted by | September 08, 2017 | Argentines around the world, News


“I invite you all to witness the deconstruction of the largest work ever carried out in the history of all the Documentas”, stated Marta Minujín in the press release announcing the beginning of the “deconstruction” process, scheduled for next Sunday, September 10th, of El Partenón de Libros Prohibidos (The Parthenon of Forbidden Books), a steel structure with 70,000 books, presented at Documenta 14.

The process will begin one day earlier, on Saturday the 9th, with an invitation extended to the inhabitants of Kassel and the attending public to read, in different languages, one of the more than five thousand prohibited titles included in El Partenon …. On Sunday the 10th, attendees will be able to initiate the final phase of the “process of art in progress and mass participation art” along with the artist, and from this day until October 17, will be able to take away one book until the physical disappearance of the Parthenon is complete. The artist concludes, “my intention is that every person might take a message of peace, diversity and conceptual magnanimity away with them”.

The complete invitation can be seen here. You can also read more about Marta Minujín’s and David Lamelas’ participation in Documenta 14 in Kassel in the upcoming issue of arteBA Magazine.