Image courtesy The Finnish Institute in London

Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago

The Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery
2 Apr - 27 Jun 2015

Exhibition closing event: 25 June 2015

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), this display at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery presents original unseen photographs and material relating to her life and work, illustrated books and early first editions.

Tove Jansson, an accomplished Finnish author and artist, had a life every bit as fascinating as her famous creations, The Moomins. Tove Jansson: Tales From the Archipelago draws an intimate portrait of the artist’s life on her private island in the archipelago of Finland, where she regularly spent the summer months with her life partner Tuulikki Pietilä and at her artist studio in Helsinki. Shot over a period of 60 years by her dear friend, renowned Finnish photographer C-G Hagström (b. 1940) and her brother, photographer, Per Olov Jansson (b. 1920), rare family photographs reveal a story of an extraordinary life.

The display is curated by Susanna Pettersson, Director, and Animaya Grant, Head of Events at the Finnish Institute in London, with the ICA.

Full Programme

Scheduled Events:

Educators’ Tours led by artist Rachel Taylor: Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago
8 June 2015

Workshop led by artist Rachel Taylor: Illustration
12 May 2015

Workshop led by artist Petri Kaverma: Design Your Own Island 
19 May 2015

Closing Event: Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago
25 June 2015

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