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Istanbul Ex-libris Museum

Istanbul Ex-libris Museum

About Istanbul Ex-libris Museum
Prof. Dr. Hasip Pektaş

The first Ex-libris Museum in Turkey was opened in Istanbul in 2008 by Prof. Dr. It was established within the IMOGA Graphic Arts Museum under the patronage of Süleyman Saim Tekcan. The ex-libris collection, which was later removed from IMOGA, was presented to Işık University Faculty of Fine Arts faculty member Prof. Dr. It has been preserved for a long time in Hasip Pektaş’s office. The museum was opened in 2014 by the valuable Rectors of Işık University, Prof. Dr. Nafiye Güneç Kıyak and Prof. Dr. It was created for the second time at Işık University with the interest and support of Şirin Tekinay. This valuable collection of the Istanbul Ex-libris Association was exhibited at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Maslak. Preparations were also made to obtain the approval of the Ministry of Culture, but the rectors left their posts before they could gain the official museum identity. The subsequent administration did not show interest and Prof. who is also the President of Istanbul Ex-libris Association. Dr. After Hasip Pektaş left the university, the collection was removed from the university in 2017 with the decision of the board of directors of the association.

Istanbul Ex-libris Museum, art-loving businessman and Selçuk Ecza Holding A.Ş. It was established for the third time and permanently under the auspices of M. Sonay Gürgen, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and within the body of Selçuk Ecza Holding. Istanbul Ex-libris Museum, T.C. With the approval of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism dated 15.09.2020 and numbered 60960384-151.01.01-E.680776, it gained the status of Special “Istanbul Ex-libris Museum”.

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Selçuk Ecza Holding makes valuable contributions to education and culture with the buildings it has built in addition to its wide services in the pharmaceutical sector. Selcuk Ecza Holding has made an important contribution to Ex-libris art in 2018 with this awareness of social responsibility. Holding, Prof.Dr. Dr. Hasip Pektaş also hosted the International Ex-libris competition on “Pharmacy, Pharmaceuticals and Human Health”.

In addition, TRNC Eastern Mediterranean University Communication Faculty Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design Department Head Prof. Dr. Senih Çavuşoğlu and Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Silesia Katowice, Poland. Dr. A copy of the ex-libris received in the Spirit International Ex-libris Competition held in 2019 in cooperation with Krzysztof Marek Bak and the International “Dervish” Yunus Emre Ex-libris Competition held in 2021 by the Konya Necmettin Erbakan University Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture were donated to our museum. In addition, in 2022, 1,170 ex-libris sent by 452 artists from 36 countries to the 5th International Ex-libris Competition organized jointly by İstinye University, Selçuk Pharmaceutical Warehouse and Istanbul Ex-libris Association, and 550 ex-libris donated extra to the museum enriched the collection of the museum.

Founded as one of the 10 museums in the world, the Istanbul Exlibris Museum will of course live with the contributions of Selcuk Ecza Deposu and Istanbul Ex-libris Society; In our country, there will be a cultural center in the context of the recognition, widespread and development of the ex-libis.

With this small ex-libris collection, 250 books, catalogs and 27 thesis will be the source of those who research about Ex-libris.

The aims of the Istanbul Exlibris Museum;

1. To share ex-libris, to register for the future, to create our cultural heritage, to protect it and to ensure that art lovers can easily reach the ex-libris,

2. Adding new ex-libris to this collection, which is valuable enough to attract the attention of visitors of all ages, to enlarge,

3. Students from all levels of educational institutions in Turkey to visit the museum and participate in the workshops and become new representatives of this art,

4. Creating education for artists and designers for preparing for international ex-libris competitions,

5. To give seminars/conferences for those who want to learn, implement and evaluate Ex-libis and to make workshops for those interested.

6. To create an opportunity to cultural enrichment.

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Address: Selçuk Ecza Holding, Istanbul Ex-libris Museum, Altunizade Mah. Mahir İz Cad. No: 45/2, TR-34662 Üsküdar – İstanbul, Turkey


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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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