Photo Liszt-instituutti (c) Helga Kovács-Sárkozi

Modern Finnish and Hungarian ExLibris

Kaisaniemenkatu 10, 00100 Helsinki
Liszt institute

The Colourful World of Modern Finnish and Hungarian ExLibris

The Colourful World of Modern Finnish and Hungarian ExLibris

The exhibition, which will be held in Gallery U of the Liszt-institute, creates an overview of Hungarian and Finnish ex-libris of the 1900s and 2000s, i.e. book owner marks.

The roots of exlibris in Hungary go all the way back to the 16th century. In the 19th century, the circle of authors expanded with the rise of the middle-class, and symbolic, thematic exlibris spread in addition to heraldic signs. Finland's first printed exlibris, on the other hand, dates from the 1680s, although they did not become common until later. The popularity of exlibris has grown a lot in recent decades, and their range is wide – it is estimated that more than 25,000 bookplates are known in Finland alone.

The Hungarian exlibris of the exhibition come from the collections of the Hungarian National Library and this part of the exhibition has been curated by cultural historian and library researcher, Dr. Kornélia Vasné Tóth. The modern images present thematically significant figures of Hungarian history, literature, visual arts, music and artistic life, key events, important places and monuments.

The Finnish exlibris, on the other hand, have been curated by Erkki Tuominen, chairman of the Finnish ExLibris Association. In addition to literature and other aspects of culture, connections to nature are evident in the signs.

Hungarian Cultural and Scientific Centre, Galleria U


Mon-Fri 10.00-18.00

The exhibition opens on Thursday 6.10. at 18.00 registration by 5.10.: . The program includes a greeting from Dr. Kornélia Vasné Tóth and a presentation on bookplates by Olli Ylönen, vice president of the Finnish Exlibris Association.

Free entry