IMOGA is one of the limited number of museums in the world whose entire museum collection consists of prints. Among the collections of many major and important museums in the world, print collections are included as a distinct section, and in some of them, there are sections designated specifically for these prints in those collections which are permanently exhibited. However, the number of museums whose museum collection consists entirely of prints is quite scarce. IMOGA, which is one of these very few museums in the world defined exclusively by its print collection, attracts significant attention from academicians, collectors and viewers throughout the world in this sense, and serves as a place which printmaking artists and collectors particularly, from many parts of the world, have sought and found.
It is possible for the viewer to see almost all traditional (Surface, Relief, Intaglio, Stencil) and contemporary (Fine Art Print) printing techniques in IMOGAs collection. In addition to these known printing techniques, IMOGAs collection also houses the printed works produced with Süleyman Saim Tekcan's special technique, which is known by his name all over the world. This unique printing method, in which Tekcan uses a combination of Template Printing and a Wet Printing technique developed using oil-based inks, is called the "Tekcan Printing Technique".
In addition to these, a multi-color printing technique which was further developed by Süleyman Saim Tekcan, based on and including the principles of relief printing and engraving printing should also be mentioned. In this method which is similar to the viscosity printing technique pioneered by Stanley William Hayter and cultivated from it; by working on the soft surface of lead plates, it is possible to attain more than one color on the same mold in one press. With all these features, IMOGA's is a very special collection that includes works produced with innovative printing techniques within the traditional.
About 75% of IMOGA's collection consists of works produced at IMOGA's studio and the previous 3 studios which formed the foundation of IMOGA today (the first studio in Kuyubaşı, the second in Söğütlüçeşme, and Artess Çamlıca Art House). About 20-25% of the collection is comprised of artist and collector donations of works to the museum. The ratio of works donated to the museum collection are equal in terms of production by Turkish and foreign artists.
As a result of the Istanbul International Print Biennial, a very significant number of works were added to IMOGAs collection. In addition, since IMOGA is a world-renowned printmaking museum, artists from all over the world who are engaged in printmaking submit donations in accordance with their works being examined within the framework of the museum's criteria and conditions for acceptance. During the acceptance phase, the technical aptitude of the work to be donated, the proficiency of the donating artist, their printmaking accomplishments and professional experience are taken into consideration by museum authorities, and the works are subject to an assessment by the museum’s board of directors.
Upon general accounting, there are approximately 10 thousand different works (not editions) in IMOGAs collection.
The museum’s fundamental collection, which includes donations and is in compliance with its criteria for permanent collection exhibits, is not for sale.
Partial editions of some of the works in the museum archive collection which were produced in the museum’s studio facilities in accordance with the quality standards of IMOGA Original Print Studios and accredited by the museum, are available for sale; while a large part of the works resulting from past production have been sold out. Viewing the works currently available for purchase is possible at the IMOGA Store link.
The works for which visuals appear in the Collection section of our website do not comprise our entire “museum collection”, but are those works which are included within the “permanent exhibit collection” of the museum.