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The Bienes Museum Presents The Amazing Vojtêch Kubašta: A Showcase of His Pop-up & Illustrated Children's Books
- Exhibition will be held over through the month of February -

DATE: August 14, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - The works of Vojtêch Kubašta, creative illustrator, author and paper engineer, will be featured during The Amazing Vojtêch Kubašta: A Showcase of His Pop-up and Illustrated Children's Books. The exhibit will be on display from July 18, 2014 to February 28, 2015 at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, located at the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours: Monday, Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 to 8 p.m.

The exhibition celebrates the centennial of Kubašta's birth and showcases his pop-up and children's illustrated books. Over 100 of his pieces will be displayed, ranging from fairy tales to books on counting, history, technology and animals. His books have been translated into 37 languages with over forty million copies sold worldwide. 

Additionally, there will be a series of events hosted in conjunction with the exhibit. All programs will be held at the Bienes Museum and are free and open to the public.

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014, 3 to 4 p.m.
    The Wonderful World of Pop-up Books: Celebrating Vojtêch Kubašta and Other Outstanding Paper Engineers of Children's Books:
    Dr. Janet Towell, professor of reading education at Florida Atlantic University, focuses on the history of pop-up books in children's literature.
  • Saturday, September 20, 1 to 3 p.m.
    Pop-up Book Workshop for Families:
     Artist Adrienne Chadwick from NSU Museum of Modern Art Fort Lauderdale demonstrates simple paper-sculpture techniques that can be used to build a pop-up of your own! Space limited; preregistration required: 954-357-8692 or 954-357-8243.
  • Tuesday, October 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Reminiscences of a Pop-up Guy: The Worldwide Pop-up Industry, Wally Hunt and Vojtêch Kubašta: Roger Culbertson, author, book designer and paper engineer, discusses the development and manufacturing process of pop-up books, followed by an audience Q and A. This event includes a 100th birthday party for Kubašta.
  • Thursday, October 23, 3 to 4 p.m.
    The Truth about Fairy Tales: Exploring the Work of Vojtêch Kubašta, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen
    . Dr. Janet Towell, professor of reading education at Florida Atlantic University, explores the history of fairy tales around the world.
  • Saturday, November 1, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    From Fairy Tales… To Children's Book Sales: The Magic of Writing for Kids with Gloria Rothstein.
    Whether you're retelling a favorite fairy tale or looking for fresh new ways to write about familiar themes, find inspiration in this hands-on workshop with children's author Gloria Rothstein.
  • Friday, November 14, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
    Meet Chuck Fischer, 21st Century Pop-up Book Creator: A Pop-up Book Demonstration and Book Signing.
    Nationally known pop-up book author Chuck Fischer will discuss his most recent book, The Official White House Pop-Up Book and demonstrate the art of making pop-ups.
  • Saturday, December 6, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
    Origami that Pops for Family Fun. Steve Vinik, who has taught origami workshops, shows how to fold fun and simple objects that move or pop open. Space limited; preregistration required: 954-357-8692 or 954-357-8243.

Born in Austria, Kubašta spent his childhood and adult life in Czechoslovakia. He lived in Prague where he studied architecture, designed puppet theater scenery and costumes and worked as a book illustrator and paper engineer. His illustrated books for children and adults featured an imaginative use of color that offered unexpected delights. Although Kubašta designed a wide variety of graphic materials, he is primarily known for his movable or pop-up books.

Movable books are often called pop-ups and have moving parts that are set in motion by turning pages and manipulating paper tabs, levers, and wheels. In designing children's books, Kubašta had a talent for creating complex pop-up effects folded from a single sheet without elaborate gluing and assembly. It is especially through his work with the classic tales of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen that he makes a noteworthy contribution to the field of children's literature.

In 2001, Broward County Library's rare book department, the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, began collecting the works of Vojtech Kubašta. Since then, the Bienes Museum has accumulated one of the largest public institutional collection of Kubašta's works in the United States.

For more information on the exhibit or programs related toThe Amazing Vojtêch Kubašta: A Showcase of His Pop-up and Illustrated Children's Books, please contact Lillian Perricone at 954-357-8243,

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