December 12, 2013
Interactive show to celebrate 30 years of democracyTuesday, October 1, 2013
Marta Minujín exhibits El Ágora de la Paz in Palermo
Artist Marta Minujín presented her latest work, El Agora de la Paz, which will be on display at Plaza Alemania (Avenida Libertador and Cavia, Palermo) from Thursday to October 10, with free admission.
El Ágora de la Paz is an interactive huge art piece covered by 25,000 books, which the public can take away on the last day of the show.
Minujín explained in a press conference yesterday that this ephemeral and interactive work is a mass of 13 x 26 metres and 32 pillars, built with tubular structures and covered with wiremesh fence.
The aim of the work is to celebrate 30 years of democracy in Argentina and it is inspired in the Classical Era. However, Minujín said that some pillars are bent, “following my diagonal philosophy, where everything changes according to the observer’s point of view.”
El Agora de la Paz is based on the Temple of Hephaestus, where Greeks met to discuss about democracy in the 5th century BC, stated the artist, who presented the project along with Buenos Aires Culture Minister Hernán Lombardi.
“This work is similar to the Parthenon which I made in 1983 of books banned by the military dictatorship, to the Obelisk built with sweet bread, the Carlos Gardel of fire and the Tower of Babel in 2011. It is built with tubular structures and wiremesh fence, covered by books with plastic added to the pillars, over all the area”, said Minujín.
For this activity, 25,000 special books were released in fluorescence covers and with 180 phrases about peace, friendship and freedom, which the public can take home on the exhibition’s end-date.
Herald with Télam