The Center for Political Beauty is an assault team that establishes moral beauty, political poetry and human greatness while aiming to preserve humanitarianism. The group’s basic understanding is that the legacy of the Holocaust is rendered void by political apathy, the rejection of refugees and cowardice. It believes that Germany should not only learn from its History but also take action.
The Center for Political Beauty engages in the most innovative forms of political performance art- an expanded approach to theatre: art must hurt provoke and rise in revolt. In one basic alliance of terms: aggressive humanism. The Center‘s exhibitions and plays were shown at Gorki Theatre, the 7th Berlin Biennale, ZKM Karlsruhe, Steirischer Herbst, NGBK, and HMKV, amongst others.
„The Center for Political Beauty is a medium of a new kind: They create the news they want to read on the front page themselves!“
Our subcontractors reveal information on the state of humanity: How do we make life hell for those who benefit from crimes against humanity? How to transport a memorial site from the government district? How to tear down the European walls?
"I'm morally horrified!"
"What was theat time before the CPB? In literature Charlotte Roche was reviewed as a political author. The world of art circled around the metallic-colored million poodle of Jeff Koons, and the most important artistic-political act was Jonathan Meese."
Al Jazeera Srebrenica’s lessons for the United Nations
Washington Post To some, the EU’s deadly border is the new Berlin Wall
Widewalls Connecting Art and Activism
frieze Acting up
Cafe Babel In the name of aggressive humanism
Global Voices Wanted Posters against the Delivery of Tanks
The Art Newspaper Documenta ignores Kassel's bloody history
The Guardian What stands in the way of Bosnia reconciliation
Today's Zaman Monument to ensure Bosnian genocide is not forgotten
“One important lesson is freedom of the arts ensuring that politicians can never again be tempted to decide what they define as opportune and worthy of support just to illustrate their policies, while other forms of art are suppressed or prosecuted by state security as is currently the case of the Center for Political Beauty.”
„No other German artist group is currently causing more irritations and scandals in the public space.“
“For quite some time, there has been a distinctive longing for reality in theatre. In their works, art finds a feedback in reality so strong that one is reminded of Jelinek’s bon mot about Schlingensief who ‘threw the facts at those in power as if he were throwing a cake into their face’.”
"The story does not only belong to those who have experienced it. It is impossible to shield them from the impositions of the present. This simple fact has given us the most important and most unpleasant remembrance of the year."
"This is not art! It has absolutely nothing to do with it.“