Drop Dead Gorgeous

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Drop Dead Gorgeous, an exhibition of fine bindings of La Prose du Transsibérien Re-creation, will be shown at Maggs Bros. Ltd. Rare Books and Manuscripts in London from October 4 to October 25, 2021. Twenty-five binders from the US, Canada and the UK were commissioned to bind a copy of this facsimile of the 1913 La Prose du Transsibérien by Sonia Delaunay and Blaise Cendrars, published in 2018 by Two Hands Press. The exhibit commenced in 2019 in San Francisco, travelled to Los Angeles and Boston in 2020, and was shown virtually at the Minnesota Center for the Book in 2021. The exhibit is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm during the week.

You can view the virtual MCBA exhibit here.

For further information about the facsimile project can be found here.

Events coordinating with the Drop Dead Gorgeous exhibit at Maggs in October 2021:

1. October 2: Zoom event with the binders of La Prose, 7:00 pm UK time, 11:00 PDT. Registration through Eventbrite.

2. October 9-10: Traditional French Pochoir Workshop at St. Bride’s Library, London, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Registration through Eventbrite.

3. October 11: Showing of the hour-long documentary by Rosy Rhee, ‘The Making of a Masterpiece: La Prose du Transsibérien’, at Maggs Bros. at 6:00 pm. Interviews with scholars, booksellers, collectors, and underwriters of the project, and demonstrations of traditional French pochoir technique. Reservations required: ben@maggs.com.

4. October 25: Special visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum at 1:00 pm to view an original copy of the 1913 La Prose du Transsibérien, Blaise Cendrars’ La Fin du Monde, and Sonia Delaunay’s 1925 portfolio Ses Peintures, Ses Objets, Ses Tissues Simultanés, Ses Modes. Reservations required: twohandspress@gmail.com