Image courtesy The Finnish Institute in London

Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago

The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
11 July - 20 Sept 2015

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), this display at The Potteries 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:

Film Screening: Moomins and Midsummer Madness
3 August 2015

Workshop led by artist Anni Nykanen: Comic Storyboards
3 August 2015

Workshop led by artist Rachel Taylor: Illustration
19 September 2015

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