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Center for Political Beauty

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!“

Spiegel Online

Rescue platforms on the Mediterranean

Funeral for a drowned mother

White crosses at the iron curtain

Changing the world with art

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?

  • „The actions of the Center for Political Beauty are drastic, they provoke. They are large-scaled productions that set society, politics and the media against each other. Without a fixed stage and a firm ensemble.“
    SPIEGEL
  • "I'm morally horrified!"

    Kurt Braatz · Press reviewer of the Krauss Maffei-Wegmann weaponry on the Center for Poltical Beauty
  • "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."

    Mely Kiyak

Press

New York Times  Migrant’s Funeral in Berlin Highlights Europe’s Refugee Crisis

The Point  Aggressive Humanism

Art Net  Controversial German Art Collective Buries Deceased Migrants in Berlin

Al Jazeera  Srebrenica’s lessons for the United Nations

Guardian  Art group removes Berlin Wall memorial in border protest

DailyMail  Berlin Wall crosses stolen before anniversary

Washington Post  To some, the EU’s deadly border is the new Berlin Wall

Widewalls  Connecting Art and Activism

frieze  Acting up

BBC  The mystery of the Berlin Wall's white crosses

Cafe Babel  In the name of aggressive humanism

Goethe  Beautiful politics: The highest form of art?

Cormac Walsh  Website Pressures German Government to Act on Syrian Child Refugees

DW  Holocaust survivors demand help for Syrian refugees

Global Post  Artists want to save Syria's children by fostering them in German homes

Ha‘aretz  Holocaust survivors call on Germany to take in more Syrian refugees

The Local  Activists offer cash for info on tank makers

Global Voices  Wanted Posters against the Delivery of Tanks

The Art Newspaper  Documenta ignores Kassel's bloody history

AP  Memorial of 16,000 shoes blames UN for not preventing genocide

Reuters  15 years after the Srebrenica massacre, artists in Germany build 'Pillar of Shame'

DW  The Pillar of Shame

The Guardian  What stands in the way of Bosnia reconciliation

Fox News  Pillar of Shame: Memorial of 16,000 shoes blames UN for not preventing genocide

Today's Zaman  Monument to ensure Bosnian genocide is not forgotten

Le Monde  Sous la cendre, un artiste allemand adepte de «la beauté politique»

  • “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.”

    Council for the Arts Germany
  • „No other German artist group is currently causing more irritations and scandals in the public space.“

    ORF
  • “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’.”

    Tagesspiegel
  • "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."

    Die ZEIT
  • "This is not art! It has absolutely nothing to do with it.“

    Bazon Brock