The exhibition will be the first major Moomin exhibition in the UK, and will explore the fantastical world of the Moomins through the life of their creator, Tove Jansson.
Rare, archived objects and illustrations will form part of the exhibition, giving guests an intimate insight into Jansson's life and work. In addition, it will feature experiential elements, as visitors are led through seven immersive and interactive worlds via an audio narrative. The different worlds will explore the influence that the Nordic landscape had on the Moomins' habitat, including Moominvalley and a canvas tent on the water’s edge in Finland. The exhibition will also feature a recreation of Jansson’s art studio and her island of Klovharu.
Paul Denton, producer at Southbank Centre, said: "Tove Jansson’s work is beloved throughout the world by children and adults alike, and we’re delighted to be able to introduce a new generation to the magical world of the Moomins through this new immersive exhibition."
Tove Jansson's Moomin books were heavily influenced by Finland's political backdrop during the 1940s and 1950s. Other influences included aspects of Jansson's personal life, such as her family and and relationships. The books aimed to portray a world of tolerance, at a time when the hardship of war was taking over in the real world.
The exhibition will run until 23 April 2017 at the Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall. The Dulwich Picture Gallery is set to host the UK's first major Tove Jansson exhibition in autumn 2017.
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