We are happy to welcome you all to the 4th International Ex Libris Exhibition Skopje 2018. After 6 years and 3 successful biennial gatherings that made artists from around the world come together and create a virtual and physical graphic realm that exists on its own terms and in its own microverse, we can say that exlibris is orbiting in its full power and flourishing. The Exlibris global family is massive and it glows in its distinctive singularity and conviviality. Its colourfulness does not often lay in bright hues but in the purity and beauty of its greys, which are one of the most peculiar idiosyncrasies of the graphic world.
The 4th International Ex Libris Exhibition Skopje 2018 is the home of around 100 artists and 237 works of art – distinctive, eclectic, from all around the globe. We have received more than 250 works by over 100 artists from 26 different countries and we are delighted by the high quality and dedication of the many excellent authors. For this 4th edition of the International Ex Libris Exhibition Skopje 2018, Russia, Poland and Turkey are the top 3 countries with the highest number of participating authors. The International Ex Libris Exhibition Skopje 2018 places Skopje on the graphic map of capitals and towns around the world, together with Varna, Cadaques, Sint – Niklaas, Istanbul, and others, nourishing and expanding the Exlibris family and underpinning the strings that bind us together and bring us all closer in this vast, turmoiled but beautiful and diverse world. We’d like to sincerely thank all the great artists who have shared their bookplates with us this year and we encourage others to join us when the next biennial exhibition takes place, in 2020.

Tania Ivanova