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Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago

15 Jul 201424 Aug 2014

Fox Reading Room

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To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), this display in the Fox Reading Room 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.

Related Events

Culture Now: C-G Hagström
Fri 18 July, 1pm
Renowned Finnish photographer C-G Hagström discusses his intimate portraits of author and artist Tove Jansson.

Moomin and Midsummer Madness
9 - 10 Aug, 12.15pm
Feature length film created using digitally re-mastered and re-structured HD material from the original, beloved animated television series.

Gallery Talk: Susanna Pettersson
Thu 21 Aug, 6.30pm
Join Director of the Finnish Institute in London Susanna Pettersson for a gallery talk on the Tove Jansson display.

The Fox Reading Room was made possible by the generous support of the Edwin Fox Foundation.

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