Paris is set to host the first and largest exhibition in central Europe and France dedicated to the life and career of Finnish artist and writer Tove Jansson. Known for creating the beloved Moomins, the exhibition titled “Houses of Tove Jansson” will run from September 29 to October 29, 2023.
The exhibition, organized by Paris-based art institution The Community, Jansson’s estate, and Moomin Characters, aims to provide a comprehensive retrospective of Jansson’s life and work. It will shed light on her literary and artistic accomplishments while emphasizing the timeless and universal themes found in her work. “Jansson’s approach to work, just like her approach to life, was wholehearted and vital. She would strive for originality and freshness while maintaining values that were both humane and inclusive,” shared the organizers.
For the first time, Jansson’s work will be displayed alongside pieces by contemporary artists, offering new perspectives on her legacy. Additionally, the exhibition will feature a capsule collection created by Ana Kraš x cc-tapis, D’heygere, Sabine Marcelis, and Vitelli, who drew inspiration from the artist’s life and work to produce unique items.
The exhibition will explore the life and work of Tove Jansson, highlighting the challenges faced by a female and queer artist in a male-dominated world during the mid-20th century. It will cover various artistic mediums, including painting, illustration, novels, short stories, poems, and plays for radio and theater.
Visitors will have the chance to delve into Jansson’s fantasy world, with early Moomin materials and illustrations for other well-known books such as “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Hobbit.” The exhibition will also delve into the Moomin phenomenon, showcasing different adaptations of Moomin stories, including theater productions, comics, and merchandise.
Jansson’s deep love for nature, particularly the sea surrounding the Finnish island Klovharu where she spent her summers, will also be a focal point of the exhibition. The archipelago, serving as the backdrop for her classic Nordic novel “The Summer Book,” will be showcased alongside recently discovered ephemera from Jansson’s personal travels.
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Moomin Characters has collaborated with contemporary artists, including Carlotta Bailly-Borg, Anne Bourse, Vidya Gastaldon, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ida Ekblad, Emma Kohlmann, and Cerith Wyn Evans. Furthermore, a Moomin capsule collection featuring apparel, jewelry, and housewares has been created.
“Houses of Tove Jansson” promises to be a must-see exhibition for fans of Jansson’s work and art enthusiasts alike. It offers a unique opportunity to gain insights into the life and legacy of one of Finland’s most celebrated artists and writers.
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