Tove Jansson: Varhaisia muumeja (ajoittamaton).

THIS year marks the 100th anniversary of Tove Jansson’s birth. Forming the centrepiece of a busy year of celebration, Ateneum is playing host to an exhibition showcasing her career as an artist, illustrator, political caricaturist, author and creator of the Moomin characters and stories.

On display until Sunday 7 September, the exhibition covers the diversity of Jansson’s work. Moving through the decades, her surrealistic paintings of the 1930s, modernist art of the 1950s and the more abstract works of her oeuvre in the 1960s and ‘70s are all represented. Furthermore, satirical anti-war illustrations for the magazine Garm, and significantly sized works for public spaces find themselves situated amidst the diversity. It almost goes without saying that her enormously popular Moomin characters and stories also feature prominently.

Paintings of landscapes, interiors and still lifes feature prominently, infused with themes of the sea and islands. Jansson’s own life, real events and people informed her work, which also included numerous portraits and self-portraiture.

Tove Jansson
Until 7 September
Kaivokatu 2, Helsinki

The exhibition at Ateneum is part of the official programme of the Tove Jansson centenary year. More information pertaining to the various events on offer can be found at:


James O’Sullivan
Image: Tampereen taidemuseo