Athens / Αθήνα 8. 4.–16. 7.
Dear book donor,
Thank you very much for your interest in the work The Parthenon of Books by Argentine artist Marta Minujín, which will be on view next year during documenta 14 in Kassel, Germany.
The artist and the team of documenta 14 cordially invite you to contribute books that were once forbidden or banned from distribution, but are now in print and in circulation again. Members of the documenta 14 staff will be at Frankfurt Book Fair October 19–23, 2016 to collect book donations for The Parthenon of Books. If you plan to attend the fair, please visit us at the Agora. Furthermore, you are welcome to donate books by sending them via mail or bringing them personally to either Athens or Kassel.
Please complete the form in German or English so that we can categorize your donation. Feel free to donate several copies of the same title: in this case, you only need to complete one form. Please print the form and enclose it with the donation. The selection of the donations for The Parthenon of Books is subject to a validation process. The donators have no legal claim in regard to the inclusion of the books in The Parthenon of Books. With your donation, you make the books freely available to documenta 14.
Marta Minujín and the team of documenta 14 would like to thank you for your support.
Personal donation in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Opening hours, Frankfurt Book Fair
Personal donation or shipment to Athens, Greece
documenta 14 at Parko Eleftherias
documenta 14 at Polytechnion
If you would like to drop-off books in Athens, please use these addresses:
Athens City Hall
Personal donation or shipment to Kassel, Germany
If you would like to drop-off books in Kassel, please use these addresses:
Hofbuchhandlung Vietor GmbH
Buchhandlung am Bebelplatz
Antiquariat & Verlag Winfried Jenior
Brencher Buchhandlung Wilhelmshöhe
Please note: If your donation exceeds 500 kg, please write an e-mail to email@example.com or call us at +49 (0)561 70 727 727 prior to shipment.
About the project
For documenta 14, Argentinian artist Marta Minujín recreates a public art project in Kassel based on her 1983 installation El Partenón de libros. This time, she plans to develop a version of the iconic Parthenon in Athens to be installed in Kassel.
With El Partenón de libros, Minujín seized upon the Parthenon as an aesthetic and political archetype of democracy, which had been corrupted in her country of Argentina by the civilian-military dictatorship that ruled until 1983, and systematically destroyed subversive culture by banning und burning several hundred thousand books.
Minujín’s idea was to put the democratic ideal back into circulation at the very moment of the demise of the military junta. Within the context of this large-scale, participatory project, thousands of books (taken from cellars where they had been locked up by the military) covered a replica of the Parthenon constructed with metal tubes at the intersection of the two most prestigious avenues of Buenos Aires. After five days of exhibition, two cranes tipped over the Parthenon, and the books were handed out to spectators and representatives of public libraries.
El Partenón de libros will be rebuilt for documenta 14 as The Parthenon of Books, covered with up to 100,000 books from all over the world which are now in legal circulation again after years of prohibition, or are allowed in some countries and prohibited elsewhere. We kindly ask you to help us realize The Parthenon of Books by donating books of this kind.
If you have any questions about the project or your donation, we will be happy to provide you with further information.
Phone Kassel: +49 (0)561 70 727 727