What is political beauty?

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

These names represent acts of political beauty: Varian Fry, Peter Bergson, Eduard Schulte, Simon Wiesenthal, Soghomon Tehlirian, Beate Klarsfeld, Raoul Wallenberg, Shahan Natalie, Roméo Dallaire, Raphael Lemkin, Georg Eisler, Christian Schwarz-Schilling, Willem Arondeus, the World Food Programme.

„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

A Federal Emergency Programme, the Kindertransporthilfe des Bundes: Holocaust survivors who survived thanks to asylum in the UK demand help for Syrian refugees: Germany has a moral duty to help Syrian children and families.

The Mountain of Sorrows for the victims of Srebrenica: 16.744 shoes (part of the Pillar of Shame project).

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The Center for Political Beauty

The Center for Political Beauty (CPB) is an assault team exploring moral beauty and human greatness in politics. Basic belief is that the legacy of the Holocaust is rendered void by political apathy, the rejection of refugees and political cowardice. Members of the group can usually be identified by black smudges on their faces.

In 2010, the CPB created the Pillar of Shame memorial for the victims of Srebrenica as a metaphor for the United Nations’ enormous betrayal in the Bosnia and Herzegovina genocide. In 2012, the team set a bounty of 25,000 Euro for any kind of information which may lead to the criminal conviction of the owners of Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, a German tank manufacturer. In 2014, the CPB helped Syrian refugees enter the European Union by adapting the 1938/39 British Kindertransport to the present.

The Center for Political Beauty engages in the most innovative forms of political art: a type of art that hurts, provokes and rises in revolt in order to save human lives. In one basic alliance of terms: aggressive humanism. The CPB‘s exhibitions and plays were shown in different institutions, e.g. the 7th Berlin Biennale, Gorki theatre, Steirischer Herbst Graz, ZKM Karlsruhe, NGBK Berlin. Its interventions attract a lot of media attention and provoke the audience with a sense of urgency and even physical danger.

English Press

First fall of the European Wall

The 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

BBC  The mystery of the Berlin Wall's white crosses

fairplanet.org  The dead are gone to nowness

The Local  Refugee group steals Berlin Wall crosses, Stolen Berlin Wall memorial taken to Spain

Political Critique  Topple The European Wall

artnet news  Collective Steals Berlin Wall Memorial Ahead of Anniversary

demotix  German artist group tries to tear down EU border fence in Bulgaria, 131 hours from Berlin to Bulgaria to tear down the 'european wall'

Deutsche Welle  Berlin Wall memorial crosses stolen, taken to EU's outer border

DailyMail  Crosses commemorating Berlin Wall dead returned

New Zealand Herald  Crosses commemorating Berlin Wall dead returned

Washington Post  These 14 walls continue to separate the world

Cafe Babel  In the name of aggressive humanism


Cormac Walsh  Hoax 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

GaB  Competing to be saved? On a new transnational art of living and dying

Reward: 25.000 Euro

The Local  Activists offer cash for info on tank makers

Global Voices  Wanted Posters Against Delivery of Tanks to Saudi Arabia

The Pillar of Shame

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

Al Jazeera  Srebrenica’s lessons for the United Nations

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

The Guardian  What stands in the way of Bosnia reconciliation

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

DW  The Pillar of Shame

'Pillar of Shame': Civilc Society, UN Accountability and Genocide in Srebrenica, in: Transitional Justice and Civil Society in the Balkans, Olivera Simić, Zala Volčič (ed.), Springer, New York 2013 (order here).

Our talk Changing the world with art on some of our interventions. Find our top 5 interventions in the works-section.