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Paper and Book Arts Museum

Ege University Paper and Book Arts Museum offers its visitors the long-term journey of paper and book, indispensable fixtures of the last 2000 years of world cultural history, with examples from different cultures. Addressing students of all education levels with its information and visuals, the museum, besides being the first in Turkey, has a unique position in the international arena as a university museum where the subject is handled in this dimension and richness. Paper and Book Arts Museum was opened at Ege University on 12 December 2012.



It was established in the 19th century Ballian Residence, one of the former Levantine mansions affiliated with Ege University. In the museum, which cover of the book. Exlibris, which means “from the books of …”, “from the library of …”, is a word of Latin origin and is also used in Turkish. In this section, approximately 150 Exlibris from various countries of the world are exhibited.


Printing: Johannes Gutenberg achieved one of the most important achievements of world culture by printing books by arranging moving lead letters in the middle of the 15th century. The first Turkish printing house was put into operation by İbrahim Müteferrika in 1727. In this section, the original inkunabel page printed in the Gutenberg Printing House, the original Vankulu Dictionary printed in the Mütefferika Printing House, various printing examples and objects describing the printing technique are included.


Artist's Books: Artist's books are original works in which the book is treated as an art object and that is mostly written, illustrated, printed, bound and signed by the artist and published in limited numbers. In this section, it is possible to see the original works of artists from Turkey and abroad.


Children's Books: In the museum, there are three-dimensional books (Pop-Up books) that will attract the attention of children, both from home and abroad. Can Göknil, who is a pioneer in the preparation of preschool books in our country, has the first books he prepared with stories and pictures, and the artist's children's books from other years.


Book Formats: The book has gone through many stages until it took its current form. Bark book, roll book, wax blackboard and Codex, the ancestor of today's book format, whose originals are exhibited in the museum, are just a few of these stages. In addition to classical binding samples from the Turkish and Islamic world, a book by Salvador Dali with an unusual binding is also exhibited in this section


Masters in Books: Some of the books, which include the original works of the artists, were printed directly by the artist, while others were made in the printing workshops under the control of the artist during the printing phase. In this section, works including original prints of Matisse, Picasso, Miro, Chagall, Dubuffet, Kandinsky, Hans Arp, Otto Dix, Renoir, Manet are exhibited.


Printing Techniques: It is the process of printing a pattern or picture by mechanical methods using metal, wood, stone, linoleum or another material. In this section, original examples of Wood Print, Copper Engraving, Stain Print (Aquatint), Wood Engraving, also includes an art gallery, nearly 1000 objects were brought together with donations from individuals, institutions and artists. Handmade paper production demo room, organic writing materials, world colored papers, today's colored paper artists, modern paper art sections; On the upper floor, there are book arts, exlibris, printing house, artist books, children's books, book formats, masters in books, printing techniques, miniature books and typography departments.

Organic Writing Materials: Many materials such as stone, clay, bark, leaves, leather, metal, wood and candles have been used as writing materials since ancient times. However, the most important organic writing materials that left their mark on the last 5000 years of world cultural history are papyrus, parchment and paper. In this section, there are original objects as well as panels explaining the historical and technical dimension of the subject.


World Colored Papers: Paper, beyond its function of transmitting information for the continuity of culture, has been colored, decorated and used for different purposes in different cultures of the world from the 15th century to the present day. Containing 126 original colored papers from the 17th century to the present, this section contains the largest collection of colored papers in a museum in the world.


Contemporary Colored Paper Artists: Traditional paper coloring techniques, which have been used by artisans for five centuries, are kept alive by artists today. The works of artists who see colored paper as a work of art by bringing interpretations to these techniques outside of the usual practices are exhibited in this section.


Modern Paper Art: Today, "Paper Art" has shown the value and artistic power of artistic handmade paper, showing that a work can stand out not only with its color and form, but also with its material. In this section, there are works of artists from many countries of the world, most of whom are members of IAPMA (The International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists).


Book Arts: Calligraphy in many cultures from the West to the Far East, or calligraphy in the Islamic world, has existed as the most important book art for centuries. In addition to examples of beautiful calligraphy, two and three-dimensional examples of Tezhib, which is the art of ornamenting manuscripts or beautiful writings using gold, Miniature, which developed as the art of book painting, and thin paper carving, are exhibited; Writing materials such as reed pens, quill pens, diphthongs and makta can also be seen in this section.


Exlibris: Exlibris are small size, original graphic works that can be defined as the ownership document of the book, consisting of the name of the owner of the book and pictures or typographic elements, pasted into the Steel Engraving, Lithography (Stone Print), Linoleum Print, Serigraphy are exhibited.


Miniature Book: Miniature books are small-sized books whose design and typography are arranged in accordance with their size. In general, books that do not exceed 7.62 x 7.62 cm (3x3 inches) are considered miniature books. Miniature book samples and bookmarks from different countries can be seen in the showcase, where the world's smallest book is also exhibited.


Typography: The Greek origin Typography, translated as "writing with letters" (typos: figure/letter, graphein: writing), means expressing letters, pictures and symbols with artistic and experimental compositions in printing technique. Originals related to the subject are exhibited in this showcase.


In the garden of the museum, there is a sculpture named “Lyric Message” made by Assoc. Prof. İlker Yardımcı with the donations made by his family on behalf of Dr. Hilmi Kumcuoğlu.




Adult: 10 TL


Student: 5 TL


Ege University students, staff and graduates: 2.5 TL


Student Groups (including the teacher who comes with the student group): 5 TL


Foreign National: 10 TL


Soldier, Police, Family of Martyrs and Veterans, Disabled and Over 65: Free


Address: Genç Caddesi No: 4, 35100 Bornova - İzmir

Phone: 374 59 31 - 311 25 01



It is open to visitors between 10:00 and 16:00, except on Sundays and Mondays.



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