On one of our days to Finland, we decided to travel to Porvoo to see the Tove and the Archipelago exhibtion at the Art Factory. It was about an hour away on the bus from Kamppi bus station in Helsinki, then about a ten minute walk to get to the exhibition. It was a gorgeous day and Porvoo is one of Finland’s second oldest towns, so we had a bit of an explore and took some pictures.
The images below of Tove Jansson, Tuulikki Pietilä and Klovharu are mainly taken from a computer screen that was tucked away in a corner at the exhibition, but they were so fascinating and I don’t think I’d seen any of them before, so I’m sorry for the bad quality images but I couldn’t not take pictures as they’re so rare!
We stopped at the cafe on the left above for drinks, I didn’t realise we were actually on a boat until Tomm told me! Continue reading
“Time has not reduced the appeal of the Moomins” – Katarina Pettersson, Brand Manager at Arabia.
This is a very special post as it features my favourite collectible merchandise… the mugs! I currently have 37/62 and I started collecting them in August 2011 on my first trip to Finland because they were cheap – only 11€ each. My total spend is now around £845 although they are worth quite a lot more. This post is in celebration of the launching of my new website www.moominmugs.com which details information about the mugs and their estimated cost, which I know fellow collectors/sellers will find incredibly useful. Continue reading
On Sunday December 9th there was a free event held at the Southbank Centre in London that focused on Tove Jansson. The event itself was named ‘Tove Jansson and the Winter Book’, and it was inspired by Adam Gopnik’s new novel ‘Winter’. My initial reaction when I found out about it was that someone must be misinformed because A Winter Book is not really a book, but a compilation of Tove’s other novels (mainly Sculptor’s Daughter). Nevertheless, this made me more intrigued to go and find out what was really going on.
The talk was held by Philip Ardagh, a children’s writer, Emily Jeremiah, a lecturer and prize-winning translator of Finnish and German, and Suzi Feay, a literary journalist. They obviously started off talking about the Moomin books and how in children’s books these days, you automatically know the ‘bad guy’ is going to turn good in the end, but it’s very different with the Moomins. You never really know what to expect. Tove’s writing is so truthful and real unlike any other’s, which is why it is so successful to this day. Philip commented that she can point out the obvious and make it sound so amazing. Continue reading
The title ‘Skurken i Muminhuset’ translates to ‘The villain of the Moomin house’. It was published in 1980 but has never been officially translated into English.
The pictures found within the story are all photographs taken by Per Olov Jansson (Tove’s brother) from within the Moomin house which was constructed by Tove Jansson, her partner Tuulikki Pietilä and Pentti Eistola in the 1970s. This is now situated in the Moomin musuem (muumilaakso) in Tampere art gallery, Finland. The story of its creation is available in the museum, but photographs are not permitted. The next time I go, I will write down exactly what it says.