Tove Jansson: A Nordic Archipelago


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This summer, London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts are hosting two special events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, the creator of Finland’s finest export: The Moomins.

The first exhibition – Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago–  which opened on Tuesday, showcases rare and unseen photos of Jansson on the remote, private island in Finland where she spent many summer months with her husband creating the unique Moomin world in her studio. The photographs document 60 years of her extraordinary life and provide an intimate portrait of an incredibly imaginative artist and author.

The ICA will also screen a specially restored version of the feature length Moomin adventure Moomin and Midsummer Madness (2008) directed by Maria Lindberg. After their home and the surrounding area are swept away by a flood, the Moomins take refuge in a floating theatre. With plenty of props and costumes available, they begin to have fun and produce their own play.

Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago runs until 24 August.

Screenings of Moomin and Midsummer Madness are being held on 9 & 10 August.