The Ex-Libris Museum of Povilas Višinskis, Šiauliai Public Library
Address: Šiaulių apskrities P. Višinskio viešoji biblioteka, Aušros
al. 62, LT-5419, Šiauliai.
Tel. (+370 ~ 41) 52 37 54.
Fax (+370 ~ 41) 52 37 50.
The idea of founding the Ex-libris Museum in Šiauliai is connected with the
50-year anniversary of the Povilas Višinskis library. When the international
ex-libris competition “Ex-libris 50 for the Povilas Visinskis Siauliai
Library” was announced, many artists from various countries (Argentina,
Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, The Czech Republic, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Moldavia,
Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Thailand, The Ukraine, The
United States, Uruguay and Yugoslavia) responded by sending in their works.
Over 150 artists from 28 countries created more than three hundred book
seals. Ex-libris creators from Lithuania also took very active part in the
competition. All of them are very well-known: A. Čapskytė, A. Čapauskas, G.
Didelytė, J. Galdikaitė, D. Grybauskas, A. Indrašius, A. Paulauskienė, B.
Stancikaitė, N. Šaltenytė, P. Šiaučiūnas, R. Gaižauskaitė, V. Šliuželis, S.
Burneckis, M. Dilinskienė, L. Žalogienė, V. Janulis as well as students of
the Šiauliai University Art Department under the supervision of R. Buivydas.
The main part of the museum exhibition consists of the art pieces created by
these people in addition to the Ex-librises presented to the library by G.
Bogdanavičius. A. Čepkauskas, V. Jucys, Z. Jozwik (Poland), A. Gozdor
(Poland), V. Milius, J. Nekrasas, V. Rimkus, P. Siauciunas and other
enthusiasts also presented their collections of ex-librises and publications
The aim of the museum is not only to collect and compile book seals, graphic
engravings, miniature graphic pictures, booklets, catalogues, and other
publications connected with book design and ex-libris, but also to create an
opportunity for visitors to better get to know miniature graphic art and the
historical development of ex-libris. Other goals are to popularize the book
seals and their creators, to arrange meetings with the artists, and to
organize exhibitions and competitions.
The Ex-libris Museum of Povilas Višinskis was founded in 2001.