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Moomin Exhibition at Mori Arts Center Gallery

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  • Moomin: The Art and the Story

    9 April – 16 June 2019
    Mori Arts Center Gallery (Roppongi Hills)

    The Moomins and their friends are beloved characters of children’s books by author and artist Tove Jansson, which also enthrall adults in many countries around the world, translated into more than 50 languages.

    The coming exhibit will showcase the art and the story of the Moomins through more than 500 articles, which comprise mostly Tove Jansson’s original drawings and sketches. Those precious works, many of which will be shown for the first time in Japan, come from the Moomin Museum and the private collection of Oy Moomin Characters, Ltd.

    Finland – Japan 100

    The show will mark the centenary of the diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan. And what else could be more emblematic?

    The Moomins, almost quasi-national icons for the Finnish people, have drawn a large number of fans in Japan, perhaps the largest outside Scandinavia apart from the UK – the popularity due largely to the TV animation series and movies produced in the country.

     
    Tove Jansson “Snufkin”
    Year unknown, ink on paper
    © Moomin Characters (TM)

     
    The Moomin Museum
    Photo: Jari Kuusenaho / Tampere Art Museum

     
    Tove Jansson “Moominsummer Madness”
    1954, ink on paper, The Moomin Museum
    © Moomin Characters (TM)

     
    Tove Jansson “Comet in Moominland”
    1946, ink on paper, The Moomin Museum
    © Moomin Characters (TM)

     
    Tove Jansson “Svenska Dagbladet advertisement”
    1957, print
    © Moomin Characters (TM)

     
    Tove Jansson “Easter card” (original drawing)
    c. 1940, gouache and ink on paper
    © Moomin Characters (TM)

     
    Tove Jansson “Forenings banken advertisement”
    1956, print
    © Moomin Characters (TM)

     
    Tove Jansson “Moominpappa at Sea”
    1965, ink on paper, The Moomin Museum
    © Moomin Characters (TM)

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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