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The Tampere Art Museum, Finland that showcased the Moominvalley collection for over 30-years has been renamed to the Moomin Museum at the Tampere Hall.

Inaugurated on the 17th of June, the museum displays original artworks of the finnish artist, Tove Jansson.

The opening of the Museum was a grand affair and was celebrated over two days from the 17-18th of June.

Apart from the displayed artworks, the days were filled with attractions, activities and performances for all ages.

The Moomintroll Sculpture

The Tampere Art Museum thus took custody of 1009 Moomin artworks in 1986 in the form of sketches and original drawings from the Moomin books as well as paintings and several other fiction illustrated by Tove. The collection to the art museum grew by 1993 with an addition of the Paraphernalia Collection (61-boxes).

Unlike a visit to a usual museum, the Moomin Museum is certainly non-traditional and displays 3D tableaus of Tove Jansson and graphic artist Tuulikki Pietilä in a way that would stimulate the senses. These 3D tableaux are miniature dioramas interpreting scenes from the Moomin books by the duo.

The first exhibition ‘Guess What Happens Next?’ takes one on a fairytale adventure of the Moomin books. Putting together images and texts, the exhibition narrates the story of the Moomins. Commencing with the very first book, ‘The Moomins and the Great Flood’ (1945) to the last ‘Moominvalley in November’ (1970), the exhibition lays out an action-packed trail that keeps the visitor guessing all through.

If you ever make your way to the Moomin Museum, we’d recommend that you head over to the 3-d Moominhouse built by Tuulikki Pietilä, Tove Jansson and their friend Pentti Eistola. You are allowed to look through and explore every nook and cranny of the 3D simulation of the Moominhouse.

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Updates 17 Jul 2017

CQ talks about Moomin Museum, Tove Jansson and her celebrated artworks

With a desire to conserve her artwork, Tove Jansson had her artwork collection donated to the Tampere Art Museum which was later christened the Moomin Museum. Inaugurated on the 17th of June, 2017 the Moomin Museum houses original works of the artist, right from illustrations to paintings, novels and several others.

Tampere is now famous and for all the good reasons. The Tampere Art Museum, Finland that showcased the Moominvalley collection for over 30-years has been renamed to the Moomin Museum at the Tampere Hall. Inaugurated on the 17th of June, the museum displays original artworks of the finnish artist, Tove Jansson.

The Tampere Art Museum, Finland that showcased the Moominvalley collection for over 30-years has been renamed to the Moomin Museum at the Tampere Hall.

Inaugurated on the 17th of June, the museum displays original artworks of the finnish artist, Tove Jansson.

The opening of the Museum was a grand affair and was celebrated over two days from the 17-18th of June. Apart from the displayed artworks, the days were filled with attractions, activities and performances for all ages.

The opening of the Museum was a grand affair and was celebrated over two days from the 17-18th of June.

Apart from the displayed artworks, the days were filled with attractions, activities and performances for all ages.

It all started when Tove Jansson was 70-years and found herself speculating over the use of her vast Moomin art collection she had worked over a span of 50-years. Recognizing the legacy in each work, she looked for a way to preserve her collections for the coming generations. Unfortunately, no museum back at Finland took interest in her work. Around the same time, the Tampere art Museum had been working to exhibit the work of Tove’s partner Tuulikki Pietilä and had offered to showcase and safeguard Jansson’s collection as well.

The Moomintroll Sculpture

The Tampere Art Museum thus took custody of 1009 Moomin artworks in 1986 in the form of sketches and original drawings from the Moomin books as well as paintings and several other fiction illustrated by Tove. The collection to the art museum grew by 1993 with an addition of the Paraphernalia Collection (61-boxes). This collection saw about 100-Moomin figures along with the tools, supplies used in its making and archival material such as colour charts, photographs, sound recordings, press clipping and several others.

The Tampere Art Museum thus took custody of 1009 Moomin artworks in 1986 in the form of sketches and original drawings from the Moomin books as well as paintings and several other fiction illustrated by Tove. The collection to the art museum grew by 1993 with an addition of the Paraphernalia Collection (61-boxes).

Unlike a visit to a usual museum, the Moomin Museum is certainly non-traditional and displays 3D tableaus of Tove Jansson and graphic artist Tuulikki Pietilä in a way that would stimulate the senses. These 3D tableaux are miniature dioramas interpreting scenes from the Moomin books by the duo.

Unlike a visit to a usual museum, the Moomin Museum is certainly non-traditional and displays 3D tableaus of Tove Jansson and graphic artist Tuulikki Pietilä in a way that would stimulate the senses. These 3D tableaux are miniature dioramas interpreting scenes from the Moomin books by the duo.

The first exhibition ‘Guess What Happens Next?’ takes one on a fairytale adventure of the Moomin books. Putting together images and texts, the exhibition narrates the story of the Moomins. Commencing with the very first book, ‘The Moomins and the Great Flood’ (1945) to the last ‘Moominvalley in November’ (1970), the exhibition lays out an action-packed trail that keeps the visitor guessing all through.

The first exhibition ‘Guess What Happens Next?’ takes one on a fairytale adventure of the Moomin books. Putting together images and texts, the exhibition narrates the story of the Moomins. Commencing with the very first book, ‘The Moomins and the Great Flood’ (1945) to the last ‘Moominvalley in November’ (1970), the exhibition lays out an action-packed trail that keeps the visitor guessing all through.

It’s interesting to note that the exhibition highlights Tove’s original paintings and illustrations in each of the twelve Moomin books, also tracing the evolution of the Moomin characters, understanding how Tove’s style of illustration evolved over the years and showcasing a detailed introduction to the residents of the Moominvalley at the Moomin gallery. Tove’s illustrations and texts celebrate the significance of community and friendship, acceptance of difference and tolerance simultaneously emphasizing family and home as a safe haven to return to at the end of every adventure.

If you ever make your way to the Moomin Museum, we’d recommend that you head over to the 3-d Moominhouse built by Tuulikki Pietilä, Tove Jansson and their friend Pentti Eistola. You are allowed to look through and explore every nook and cranny of the 3D simulation of the Moominhouse.

If you ever make your way to the Moomin Museum, we’d recommend that you head over to the 3-d Moominhouse built by Tuulikki Pietilä, Tove Jansson and their friend Pentti Eistola. You are allowed to look through and explore every nook and cranny of the 3D simulation of the Moominhouse.

If you enjoy Tove Jansson’s artwork, the Moomin Kaffe, a café that speaks Moomin, is something we’d like to recommend too. Feel free to browse through their website.

 

Images credit

Museum Photos: Jari Kuusenaho / Tampereen taidemuseo
Museum Opening Photos: Sara Vertanen / Tampere-talo