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Istanbul Ex-libris 2025

Istanbul Ex-libris 2025

Dear Friends of Ex-libris,

I am pleased to invite you to the 2nd International Ex-libris Congress and the 6th International Ex-libris Competition organized by Istinye University, Selçuk Ecza Deposu, Bozlu Art Project and Istanbul Ex-libris Society, which will be held in Istanbul on 20-24 August 2025.

Istanbul is not only a geographic bridge between Europe and Asia, it is at the same time a cultural crossroads. In 2025, you will have an opportunity to explore its unparalleled history and environment, while experiencing the unforgettable tastes of the Turkish cuisine, returning to your nations with a feeling of contentment.

Regarding your accommodations while in Istanbul, you will be able to choose from many economically priced alternatives. You will be able to reach the Congress which will be held at Istinye University at the Vadi H Campus relatively easily by metro, as it is close in proximity to the city center.

You will not only be participating in an Ex-libris congress while in Istanbul, you will also have the opportunity for an unforgettable summer vacation.

I thank you for your cooperation and support and would like to reiterate that we look forward to hosting you in Istanbul, where we eagerly await your arrival.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Dr. Hasip Pektas

President of the Congress Organization Committee and Istanbul Ex-libris Society.

Head of Visual Communication Design Dep. Faculty of Communication, Istinye University.

Note: Remember to find out if you need a visa for Turkey from the closest Turkish Embassy or Consulate. Let us know and we will send you an official letter of invitation.

 Here is Brochure. Ex-libris Istanbul_25

 Provisional Program of the 2nd International Ex-libris Congress Istanbul 2025

20- 24 August 2025

Wed., 20 August 09:00-21:00

Thursday, 21 August 09:00



Friday, 22 August 09:00





Sat., 23 August 09:00-12:00




Sun., 24 August 09:00-12:00

Registration and Exchanges, Istinye University, Vadi H Campus

Ex-libris exchange starts.

Visit to the Basilica Cistern, the Museums of Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Visit to the Grand Bazaar and shopping (optional).

Opening of Martin R. Baeyens Exhibition, Istanbul Concept Gallery, Beyoglu.

Welcome-address by the President of the Congress Organization Committee and Rector of Istinye University, Vadi H Campus, Conference Hall.

Award Ceremony and Opening of the 6th International Ex-libris Competition Exhibition, Istinye University, Vadi H Campus.

Ex-libris exchange continues.

The Round Table: Ex-libris Collecting”. Istinye University, Vadi H Campus, Conference Hall.

Visit to Exhibition of 5th International Ex-libris Competition.

Ex-libris exchange continues.

Visit to the Istanbul Ex-libris Museum, Altunizade, Uskudar / Istanbul

A Ferry Tour of the Bosphorus.

Visit to Exhibition of 4th International Ex-libris Competition and

Gala Banquet. (Selcuk Ecza Deposu), Altunizade, Uskudar

Last possibilities of exchanges and departure of the participants.



2nd International Ex-libris Congress, Istanbul 2025

20- 24 August 2025

REGISTRATION FORM (Closing date for registration is May 3rd, 2025)

(Please, fill in with Latin characters)

First Name:
Nationality: Gender: Male Female
E- mail:
Accompanying persons:
I speak (please mark it) English German French Chinese Russian Spanish Italian …..

Registration Fee

Congress members are required to pay a fee of €165, which entitles them to attend all events, scheduled visits, congress documentation and the closing gala dinner. Accompanying persons are required to pay a fee of €140, which entitles them to full participation in all events, scheduled visits and the closing gala dinner. It should be transferred to İstanbul Ekslibris Derneği. The receipt and registration form should be sent to until May 3, 2025. Bank: AKBANK Maslak Branch, Account Number: (EUR) 0645-0092044
Swift Code: AKBKTRIS, IBAN: TR90 0004 6006 4503 6000 0920 44

Congress Area / Information (Don’t hesitate to contact us)

Istinye University, Vadi H Campus, Azerbaycan Cad. Vadistanbul 4A Blok, 34396 Sariyer / Istanbul.
Hasip Pektas, e-mail:

I hereby register for the 2nd International Ex-libris Congress, Istanbul 2025.

Date: ………………………………………… Signature: …………………………………..


You can make your own accommodation reservation from the hotel of your choice. It is useful to consider the metro and metrobus routes. You can easily reach the Havaray Finicular to Vadistanbul from Sanayi Mahallesi Metro station. There is also a hotel very close to the congress area within walking distance. Radisson Collection Hotel,

Mövenpick Living Çamlıvadi:
For other accommodation options–T%C3%BCrkiye/homes?tab_id

There are many restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops in the Vadistanbul Shopping Center. It is also located near the Congress Area.

6th International Ex-libris Competition- Istanbul 2025

Istinye University, Selçuk Ecza Deposu, Bozlu Art Project and Istanbul Ex-libris Society have organized an international ex-libris competition open to artists and designers of all countries to bring together and evaluate original ex-libris works, to encourage artists, to promote and popularize the art of ex-libris.


Article 1.  Participants can participate in the competition with a maximum of 5 different ex-libris produced between 2022-2025. 3 signed copies of each print must be sent

Article 2.  There are no limitations on subject matter and printing techniques. In addition to traditional printing techniques, AI and computer designs will also be accepted. However, ex-libris must be reproduced and numbered. Photocopies, drawings, and sketches will not be accepted.

Article 3. The word “Ex-libris” (“Ex-libris”, “Ex-libris”, “Ex-libris”, “Bookplate”) or a word with this meaning and the name of the ex-libris owner (living person) or the name of the organization must be included on the ex-libris.

Article 4. Participants must sign or initial their ex-libris. The name of the artist, the code of the technique, the year of production, the size, and the name of the ex-libris owner must be legibly written on the back center of the ex-libris. If only the initials of the ex-libris owner are used, the full name must also be indicated. If an alphabet other than the Latin alphabet is used, the ex-libris must be written in the Latin alphabet on the reverse side of the ex-libris, and where necessary in English.

Article 5. The long side of the ex-libris printing area must not exceed 14 cm and the printed paper should not be larger than A5 (21×15 cm). Ex-libris should not be glued to cardboard or colored paper. They must be ready for use.

Article 6. Deadline for participation: April 23, 2025. The date of mailing is considered. Ex-libris should be sent in a way that will not be damaged in the mail.

Article 7. The words “Printed Material” and “No Commercial Value” must be written on the envelope.

Article 8. The address for correspondence is Hasip Pektaş, Istinye University, Vadi H Campus, Azerbaycan Cad. Vadistanbul 4A Blok, TR-34396 Sariyer / Istanbul / Türkiye.

+90 532 437 99 76, e-mail: Information about ex-libris:

Article 9. Awards:
First Prize (Istinye University); 1.000 USD.
Second Prize (Selçuk Ecza Deposu); 800 USD.
Third Prize (Bozlu Art Project); 600 USD.
Young Artist Prize (Under 22) (IES); 500 USD.
Special Prize (Medikalpark); 500 USD.
Special Prize (AveA Health); 500 USD.
Special Prize (ERCEV Faundation); 500 USD.
Special Prize (Tülay-Şükrü Ertürk); 500 USD.
Special Prize (Ayşe-Noyan Ünal); 500 USD.
Special Prize (Mehmet Rafet Atalık); 500 USD.
Special Prize (Hatice-Hasip Pektaş); 500 USD.

Article 10. Other individuals and organizations may give a special award if it is not less than 500 USD (=+-450 EURO).

Article 11. The jury may award honorable mentions and honorary certificates to the artists it deems appropriate.

Article 12. In the evaluation, attention will be paid to originality, technical and aesthetic competence, and the relationship between painting and writing.

Article 13. Jury (in order of last name):
Dr. Şükrü Bozluolcay, Chairman of Bozlu Holding, Collector
Veselin Damyanov-Ves, Ex-libris Artist, Bulgaria
M. Sonay Gürgen, Chairman of Selçuk Ecza Deposu, Collector
Prof. Dr. Erkan İbiş, Rector of Istinye University
Prof. Dr. Hasip Pektaş, Ex-libris Artist, President of Istanbul Ex-libris Society.

Article 14. A catalogue will be prepared for the awarded and exhibited ex-libris.

Article 15. Ex-libris received for the competition will not be returned. One copy will be exhibited and evaluated at Istinye University, Istanbul Ex-libris Museum and one copy at Bozlu Art Project. Istanbul Ex-libris Society will be able to use the exhibited ex-libris on
its website, CDs, catalogs, magazines, or books.

Article 16. The awarded and exhibited ex-libris will be exhibited in two different places in Istanbul starting from August 2025.

Article 17. By participating in the competition, participants are deemed to have accepted the conditions and the decisions of the jury.

Article 18. Participants must fill out the form below legibly and send it together with the ex-libris.

Note: Artists can contribute ex-libris to the collection of Istanbul Ex-libris Museum.

Form of 6th International Ex-libris Competition- Istanbul 2025
(Please, fill in with Latin characters)
First Name:
E- mail:
Year of birth and short curriculum vitae:

Impressions of 33rd FISAE Congress Istanbul 2010

Dear Hasip,

Has passed four months after the Congress in Istanbul, but I with very warm feeling remember till now these meetings. The congress has been very well organised, there were no problems, there were very interesting excursions and, certainly unforgettable meetings with artists and collectors. The Istanbul Congress was remembered by the friendly atmosphere and the present hospitality. Big to you thanks for the remarkable organisation! Best ragards. Evgeny Bortnikov, Russia.


It is something incredible: one month passed since the Congress’ end but my soul and mind still in Istanbul… If you can organize new Ex-libris Congress in Istanbul I will come again, I am sure!!! Anna Tikhonova, Belarus.

Dear Hasip,

I would like to say thank you for all the beautiful thinks in Istanbul. It was a great congress, perfect in organization, exhibitions, the university facilities, the excursions, the town – all together a complete and perfect success! Yours.  Klaus Rödel, Denmark.

“Unforgettable moments and lovely memories. Many many thanks to you, Hasip, and to your amazing team – you all together made a huge and great work! We felt at home and enjoyed Istanbul every single day! Excellent congress! Why not to repeat?!” Natalija Cernecova, Latvia.

Dear Hasip,

I just don`t have any words to express my gratitude’s and thanks to you. You are the best! Really! And I can swear that FISAE Congress in Istanbul was better than the others. With many thanks and kisses. Daria Surina, Russia.

Dear Hassip,

Once more we will thank you for the wonderful congress in Istanbul. For us these days were unforgettable. We enjoyed it very much. Thank you for all you did for this congress! Agaath and Jos Waterschoot, Netherlands.

Dear Hasip,

I have no word but only thank you very very much for such a wonderful catalogue for my exlibris. I feel it great honour to have my exlibris printed in such a beautiful catalogue. Congratulations and very best wishes. Ichigoro Uchida, Japan.

About the Author

Hasip Pektaş was born in Ermenek in 1953. He has been working as a Professor at İstinye University, Faculty of Communication in the Visual Communication Design Department in Istanbul. He wrote a book about "Ex-libris". He has also been working hard to make ex-libris well-known in Turkey. He organized 5 International Ex-libris Competitions and 33rd FISAE International Ex-libris Congress in 2010 in Istanbul. He founded Istanbul Ex-libris Museum in Selçuk Ecza Holding in 2019. He is the President of Istanbul Ex-libris Society.

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