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VIII. European Ex-libris Congress, Leipzig, GDR,
6–9 July 1961


Having decided in Barcelona on a biennial rule for congresses, it was promptly abandoned in Vienna and the decision was taken to have an additional congress the following year in Leipzig, GDR to have the opportunity to meet artists from Eastern Europe. The difficulty of crossing the 'Iron Curtain', however, was the reason for only 68 collectors and artists going to the meeting. Unfortunately, only the interesting lecture by Tadeusz Przypkowski (Poland) dealing with the psychological origin of the collector's passion was published. The lectures of Heinrich Ilgenfritz ("The Character of Small-size Graphics"), Joachim Uhlitzsch ("Graphic Art in the GDR"), Jan Rhebergen ("small Dutch engraving") and Fritz Funke ("Iconography of Old Bookplates") only remain in the memory of the audience. There were three exhibitions: one of bookplates by W. Faworsky, who was the master of Valentin Le Campion; an exhibition of ornamental engravings at the Grassi Museum, and in the Print Museum, the complete ex-libris works of Max Klinger and Max Schwimmer. For the first time, Hungarian and Romanian participants came to the congress.


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