About İstanbul Ex-libris Museum
Prof. Dr. Hasip Pektas
The first Ex-libris Museum in Turkey was held in Istanbul in 2008. It was established under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Süleyman Saim Tekcan within the body of IMOGA Graphic Arts Museum. Later, the ex-libris collection extracted from IMOGA. It has been preserved for a long time in Prof. Dr. Hasip Pektaş’s office in Işık University Faculty of Fine Arts . In 2014, the museum was created for the second time at Işık University with the interest and support of Prof. Dr. Nafiye Güneç Kıyak and Prof. Dr. Şirin Tekinay. This valuable collection of the Istanbul Ex-libris Society was exhibited at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Maslak. Preparations have also been made to obtain the approval of the Ministry of Culture, but the rectors resigned from their posts before they could gain the official museum identity. The lack of interest of the next administration and the President of the Istanbul Ex-libris Society, Prof. Dr. Hasip Pektaş left the university, the collection was removed from the university in 2017 with the decision of the association’s board of directors. Işık University, in 2018, to take back this collection, Prof. Dr. Hasip Pektaş filed a lawsuit. The court continues and the 12,000 ex-libris subject to the case are kept in a warehouse. The final court hearing will take place on September 15. The result is uncertain. But it will be gratifying if the collection remains with the association.
Istanbul Ex-libris Museum was established for the third time and permanently in Üsküdar in 2019, within the body of Selçuk Ecza Holding. Art-loving business person and Selçuk Ecza Holding A.Ş. Chairman of the Board of Directors M. Sonay Gürgen gave serious support. The museum gained the status of “Special Ex-libris Museum” with the approval of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on 15.09.2020.
In addition to its extensive services in the pharmaceutical industry, Selçuk Ecza Holding makes valuable contributions to education with the buildings it has built, and to culture with its cultural centers. Selçuk Ecza Holding, with this sense of social responsibility, made a significant contribution to the art of ex-libris in 2018 as well. Holding, under the leadership of Hasip Pektaş, it hosted the international ex-libris competition on “pharmacy, medicine and human health”.
With the ex-libris sent to the contest, a copy of the Ex-libris Contest organized by Northern Cyprus Eastern Mediterranean University and Poland Silesia University in 2019 added to this small collection. In case the case is won, also 12,000 ex-libris will be added.
In addition, TRNC Eastern Mediterranean University Faculty of Communication Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design Department Head Prof. Dr. Senih Çavuşoğlu andPoland Katowice University of Silesia Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Marek Bak, a copy of the ex-libris received in the Spirit International Ex-libris Competition held in 2019 in cooperation and the International “Dervish” Yunus Emre Ex-libris Competition held in 2021 by Konya Necmettin Erbakan University Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture were donated to our museum.
If the aforementioned case is won, 12.000 ex-libris will be added to this collection and will be made available to art lovers.
Established as one of the 10 museums in the world, Istanbul Ex-libris Museum will surely live with the contributions of Selçuk Ecza Deposu and Istanbul Ex-libris Society; It will become a cultural center in the context of recognition, dissemination and development of exlibris in our country.
With this small ex-libris collection, 250 books, catalogs and 27 theses will be a source for those who do research on ex-libris.
The aims of the Istanbul Ex-libris Museum are;
1. Sharing the exlibris, registering for the future, creating and preserving our cultural heritage and making the exlibris accessible to art lovers easily,
2. To enlarge this collection by adding new ex-librises to this collection, which is valuable enough to attract the attention of visitors of all ages,
3. To enable students from all levels of educational institutions in Turkey to visit the museum and participate in workshops and become new representatives of this art,
4. To provide training opportunities for artists and designers to prepare for international ex-libris competitions,
5. To give seminars / conferences for those who want to learn, apply and evaluate exlibris and to organize workshops for those who are interested.
6. To create opportunities for cultural enrichment.
Books in the Museum: http://www.aed.org.tr/tr/kitaplar-2/
Catalogs in the Museum: http://www.aed.org.tr/tr/kataloglar-2/
Online Contest Catalogs: http://www.aed.org.tr/tr/awesome-dialymotion-post-2/
Address: Selçuk Ecza Holding, İstanbul Ex-libris Museum, Mahir İz Cad. No: 45, 34662 Üsküdar – İstanbul