Paris is set to host an extraordinary exhibition for fans of Tove Jansson and the Moomins. Opening in September, the Houses of Tove Jansson exhibition showcases previously unseen works by the renowned artist, alongside specially commissioned pieces by prominent contemporary artists.
This extensive exhibition is the largest of its kind in central Europe to explore the remarkable life and career of Tove Jansson.
“Tove Jansson lived an unconventional life and this is an unconventional exhibition. The exhibition is mounted in a townhouse instead of a museum or gallery. It will feature both a wide array of Tove Jansson’s important works as well as works by contemporary artists inspired by Tove’s life. The exhibition will also feature programming, a reading room and capsule collections created exclusively for this exhibition. It’s an attempt to bring the breadth of Tove’s creative output to new audiences and longtime admirers,” says James Zambra, creative director at Moomin Characters and Tove Jansson’s great nephew.
Tove Jansson, Smoking girl (Self portrait), 1940. Oil. © Tove Jansson Estate
What sets the Houses of Tove Jansson exhibition apart is its unique setting in a townhouse, offering a fresh and immersive experience. It unfolds within a five-story Parisian townhouse located at 16 Avenue Foch in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, with each floor revealing different aspects of Tove Jansson's life and artistic expression.
The exhibition showcases the evolution of Tove Jansson's visual language and narrative style. Visitors can discover a selection of her paintings, drawings, illustrations, and texts, some of which have never been publicly displayed before. Moomin enthusiasts will also be able to explore how Tove Jansson expanded her Moomin stories into various art forms and commercial products, including theatre productions, comics, and merchandise.
“Our aim is to keep Tove Jansson’s work alive and relevant, ensuring that her legacy continues to inspire and delight future generations. By partnering with The Community in creating this exhibition, we believe we can offer audiences a new way of seeing and experiencing her work”, says James Zambra.
The exhibition is a collaborative effort between The Community, a Parisian art institution, Tove Jansson's estate, and Moomin Characters. It opens on September 29, coinciding with Paris Fashion Week, extending through Paris+, par Art Basel until the October 28.
Entry to the exhibition is free, but registration is required. Find out more HERE