The author, Tove Jannsson has been well known in Finland for her books which contain these famous creatures and now they are developing an international following!
Adventures in Moominland.
This is a part of Southbank Centre’s series of Nordic arts and culture throughout 2017 which will feature everything from visual art, contemporary music and even Lego.
Their story is a journey through beaches, forests and even magical caves in which they live and their lives are used as a way for the author to discuss some important subjects including gender, sexuality, tolerance and even freedom!
This major exhibition of the Moomins is set to occur in UK on Friday and it will also feature the life of their Finnish creator, Tove Jansson. It will be held in London’s Royal Festival Hall and it is going to be an interactive treat! The visitors will go on a journey through the stories and into recreated scenes from the books. The exhibition contains more than 40 original drawings and other material from the author’s archive.
Including unseen rough drafts and sketches.
The curators believe that it will be fun for both children and adults. Jansson’s niece, Sophia Jansson had this to say, “She weaves real-life drama into her stories, you get things between the lines. The books are so rewarding because it is not just what you see, it is all that’s in between as well. She had a fantastic skill to express things that seem current and touching to everyone.”
One example are the characters Thingumy and Bob who are completely inseparable and even speak their own, secret language and also carry around a suitcase with a ruby in it!
The author was not afraid to write deeper meanings into her work.
At the time that they were written after the second world war, homosexuality was illegal in Finland which differed from how the author truly felt because she was deeply in love with another woman. Therefore, in her books, she writes about a tolerant, happy world in order to escape the harsh reality of her own. According to her niece Sophia, “You look at what is happening and the polarization of wealth and opinion. . . it is really important to have these books. You get solace from the fact she paints a world that is different and emphasizes the values of treating everyone with respect, including nature. Tove is still so current which is the secret behind the Moomins being still so appealing.”
The world of the Moomins will take visitors on a one hour tour with audio narrative that is written by children’s author, Laura Dockrill with voiceover by broadcaster Sandi Toksvig. Clearly, a lot of effort is being done so that the fans of the Moomins can have a unique and original experience with actor Samuel West who has been a fan of her books since he was seven saying, ” The sensuous melancholy, the odd cast and the wisdom of the worldview fascinates me. This new exhibition captures both the textures and the emotions of Moominland, and the way ordinary things are transformed into magical strangeness by Jansson’s joyful sideways look.”