BIOGRAPHY
1913
Emin (later Barın) is born in Bolu. His grandfather was Mehmet Emin Efendi, a medrese professor. His father was Hafız Mehmed Tevfik Efendi, a calligrapher, illuminator and bookbinder.
1920
Emin enrolles in Imaret primary school in Bolu.
1928
He graduates from Bolu middle school. He is awarded a scholarship to study as a boarding student at the Teachers' School for Men in Istanbul.
1932
He graduates from the Istanbul Teachers' School for Men.
1933
He becomes a primary school teacher at the village of Berk in Bolu province.
1934
He passes the entrance examination and enrolls in the art department of the Gazi Teachers' Institute in Ankara.
1936
He completes his studies at this department and afterwards he succeeds in being chosen to study in Europe through a very competitive examination that is held by the Education Ministry's Directorate of Publications.
1937
He works for six months as an intern at the National Education Printing House in Istanbul. At the same time, he studies calligraphy under Kamil Akdik, chief calligrapher. In the department of Turkish Decoration at the Academy of Fine Arts. He also learns about classic Turkish bookbinding from Necmeddin Okyay. He goes to Germany the same year.
1938
He studies for a year at Proffesor Dorfner's private school of bookbinding in Weimar. His book Olympiad receives first prize at the Hamburg Book Fair. Examples of his boks are published in the magazine Deutsche Bucheinbandkunst.
1939
He enrolls in Akademie für Künste und Buch gewerbe in Leipzig, where he studies typography under Professor Thiemann and Professor Spemann and bookbining under Professor Wiemeler. He returns to Turkey on vacation and is drafted into the army on account of the war then in progress and does his military service.
1941
He returns to Leipzig to complete his studies. He receives and carries out a number of German government bookbinding commissions.
1943
His studies completed, he returns to Turkey and begins working as head of the technical Office at the National Education Printing House. The same year he and Professor Kenan Temizkan hold a big exhibition of calligraphy and bookbindings at the academy. The exhibiton was formally opened by Hasan Ali Yücel, the education minister. A gilded notebook luxuriously bound in parchment and prepared by the artist is presented to President İnönü by the academy as a gift. After the exhibiton, Barın becomes a member of the academy faculty in the Department of Decorative Arts.
1944
He marries his wife Necla.
1946
He is commissioned by the Ministry of National Education to produce the inscriptions for the country's coins.
1949
He begins working on the Fatih Divanı, a festschrift prepared in the style of traditional Turkish arts to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul.
1951
He prepares ten huge inscriptions to be exhibited at the important places in Istanbul (Eyup Sultan, Galata Tower, Topkapı, etc) as a part of the celebrations on the occassion of the 500th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul.
1952
He prepares the text of a speech delivered by Atatürk in Istanbul. (This work is now in Dolmabahce Palace.) He also begins working on inscriptions to be installed in Anıtkabir. He prepares the relief sculptures of the texts of the “Address to Turkish Youth” and the “10th Anniversary Address” which are located on the either side of the mausoleum's entrance.
1953
He prepares the frieze and dedicatory inscriptions for the ten towers at Anıtkabir. He produces a rose petal oil case of leather that is sent by the Turkish government to King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia.
1954
He prepares a copy, executed on parchment and placed on the sarcophagus of the Council of Ministers order to relocate Atatürk's remains to Anıtkabir. He prepares the embellished and gilded signature book for Anıtkabir.
1955
He prepares the inscriptions for the tomb of Yunus Emre. He opens a lettering and bookbinding workshop in the Decorative Arts Department at the academy.
1957
He prepares the bindings for a group of books on the Turkish decorative arts that are presented to the German president by the Turkish government.
1958
He receives first prize and a medal in bookbinding for Fatih Divanı when it is exhibited at the Brussels World's Fair.
1959
He prepares bronze letters of the text of Atatürk's Istanbul speech to be installed in the Istanbul municipal council hall.
1961
He begins making new interpretations in traditional calligraphic styles.
1968
He is invited to Lisbon by Gulbenkian Museum to restore some Turkish- Islamic manuscript works in Portugal that suffered flood damage.
1969
He continues with the restoration work in Lisbon.
1971
He is invited to take place in an international congress on restoration that is convened at the Gulbenkian Museum and submits papers on the subjects of Turkish- Islamic bookbindings and manuscripts works.
1973
He becomes an honorary member of the German Association of Book Artists.
1975
A Cufic calligraphic composition by the artist that was purchased by the International Offenbach-Klinkspor Museum of Typography is published in the museum's calendar, Scriptura 75.
1976
He prepares a 55-minute program for Turkish television on the subject of calligraphy.
1977
He takes part in the Islamic Festival held in London. At the Dublin Academy of Fine Arts he delivers a lecture and holds an exhibition. He also delivers a lecture on the subject of Turkish calligraphic art at the Chester Bealty Museum. He submits a paper titled “Restoring our manuscript works” at the Istanbul Art Festival Symposium.
1978
Holds a big comprehensive exhibit at the academy. He also exhibits works at the Museum of Antiquities in Algiers.
1979
He holds a personal exhibiton at the Is Bankasi art gallery in Ankara. He prepares the instructions for the mosque and building of the Islamic Conference in the city of Islamabad in Pakistan.
1981
He holds an exhibition in Malaysia on behalf of the Turkish foreign ministry.
1983
He holds a retrospective exhibiton at the Garanti Bankasi art gallery in Istanbul.
1984
He holds an exhibiton of Turkish calligraphic art at the UNESCO general headquarters in Paris. His composition “Ya Rahim” receives Turkiye Is Bankasi grand prize.
1986
He holds a personal exhibition of his calligraphy in the city of Munster, Germany.
1987
He dies in 29th December.