El Agora de la Paz, large scale installation by Marta Minujín on exhibition in Palermo

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A large scale installation by the renowned pop and performance Argentine artist Marta Minujín will be inaugurated on Thursday, October 3, 2013, 4.30 pm, at Plaza Alemania, Av. del Libertador & Cavia, in the neighborhood of Palermo.
Inspired on the Temple of Hephaestus, place where Greeks gathered in the V century BC to discuss democracy, this installation called “El Agora de la Paz" (The Agora of Peace) consists of 32 columns, several of them installed crooked on purpose, following the philosophy of the diagonals where everything changes according to one´s point of view. The temple is covered with books published by the artist containing quotations on Peace, Friendship and Freedom. 
Just like all the ephemeral and mass participation artworks that Minujín performed, this one will also be installed in a public space. The 25,000 books that cover the temple will be offered to the public that attend on the closing day, in a collective performance act.
Similar to the “Parthenon” that Marta Minujín installed in 1983 with books banned during the dictatorship, the “Obelisk of sweet bread”, the “Carlos Gardel of Fire” and the “Tower of Babel of Books”,  “El Agora de la Paz” will be built with tubular structures, covered with 25,000 books wrapped in plastic bags and attached to the columns, entirely covering the surface.
The installation will be open to the public from Thursday October 4 until Sunday October 13, when visitors will be allowed to take away the books that compose the artwork.
Characters with white clothes reciting quotations from the books, choirs and orchestras will be performing every day during the project. The idea is to dazzle visitors visually by fluorescent colors, and mentally by the content of the sentences.
There will also be a series of programmed activities including lectures, storytelling and musical performances celebrating the last 30 years of democracy in Argentina.

Inauguration: Thursday, October 3, 4.30 pm
Open to the public October 4 - 13, 11 am to 7 pm
Dismantling and book handover: Sunday 13, from 3 pm.

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