What is political beauty?


Political beauty is moral beauty. (καλὸς καὶ ἀγαθός). Nothing makes shock, political integrity and vulnerability as visible as looking for those who rise up against genocidal crimes and show resistance- sometimes against their own career, friends and emotions.


The CPB moulds action into radiant political beauty in order to promote a kind of moral light intensity. In the darkness of humanitarian disasters and genocides, amidst the blackest of anthropologies, it is possible to become aware of moral beauty. Moral failure and moral masterpieces are most visible in the light of genocide.


These names represent acts of political beauty: Varian Fry, Peter Bergson, Eduard Schulte, Simon Wiesenthal, Soghomon Tehlirian, Beate Klarsfeld, Raoul Wallenberg, Jean Moulin, George Mantello, Shahan Natalie, Roméo Dallaire, Raphael Lemkin, Georg Elser, Kurt Schrimm, Christian Schwarz-Schilling, Rupert Neudeck, Paul Grüninger, Willem Arondeus and the World Food Programme.

In order to stop the spread of inhumanity, the plant of weapons manufacturer Heckler & Koch is to be hermetically sealed. The same sarcophagus that contains the radiation of Chernobyl is to cover the moral ruins of Oberndorf in order to contain the release of lethal “products“ (the so-called “G3“ and “G36“ weapons of mass destruction of our time): the Oberndorf Sarcophagus.

The Center for Political Beauty


The Center for Political Beauty (CPB) 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. For several years now, the CPB has engaged in a parallel (more beautiful) German approach to foreign politics that uses humanity as a weapon. From Bosnia-Herzegovina and Aleppo straight to the mountains of Melilla, the group’s interventions demonstrate how art can be a fifth state power.


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 CPB‘s exhibitions and plays were shown at Gorki Theatre, the 7th Berlin Biennale, ZKM Karlsruhe, Steirischer Herbst, NGBK, and HMKV, amongst others.


In 2010, the Center presented a memorial against the United Nations on behalf of 6,000 survivors of the Srebrenica genocide: the Pillars of Shame. In 2011, the artists revealed the nihilistic beliefs of Deutsche Bank in terms of food speculation (German Web Video Award). In 2012, the secretive weapon dealers of the Leopard II battle tank involuntarily gained fame across the country thanks to a bounty of EUR 25,000. In 2014, the CPB presented the “Federal Emergency Programme“- a ready-to-use rescue plan exposing the German government’s rejection of refugees that made it to the Federal Chancellery within 48 hours as first art performance in history. For the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a memorial was removed right from Berlin’s government quarters and was brought to the EU’s external borders. History refusing to remain silent. This was followed by a storm on the EU’s external borders: the first fall of the European Wall.

„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!“

Georg Diez, Spiegel Online

Holocaust survivors who survived thanks to the 1939 Kindertransport remind the government of its moral duty to take action in view of the Syrian apocalypse as part of the “Federal Emergency Programme”.

“The members of the Center for Political Beauty are no strangers to great visions and goals. While their generation is concerned with career, family and travelling the world, the CPB’s declared aim is to prevent genocide. After ruling out obvious approaches such as development cooperation, politics or science, their current strategy is performance art”.

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“What will we stand for when people look back to our time at the end of the 21st century? What will our legacy be? The group’s founder raises his eyebrows: “The car scrapage scheme? Minimum wages? If the present trend continues, probably as the generation that wanted nothing“.

Berliner Zeitung


"Their means are drastic!”

DIE ZEIT





“The Center for Political Beauty reveals the ugly side of politics with unusual art performances“.

Zeitpunkt

Two bombs recovered from Lethe, the River of Oblivion, at the Berlin Kunstsalon: two Allied bombs on crematories II and III in Birkenau-Auschwitz would have reduced Auschwitz‘ killing capacity by 75%.

“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

“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

Two victims and new members of an assault team against inhumanity open the EU’s external borders from the outside (while starving and hiding in the woods close to the EU’s border from the Moroccan military and secret service): the first fall of the European Wall.

Our talk Changing the world with art on some of our interventions.

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