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Tove Jansson in 1950s in her Ullanlinnankatu ateljer, where she lived and worked for over 50 years. Photo © Per Olov Jansson.

Artist Tove Jansson, Helsinki exhibition is a co-production of Virka Gallery (City of Helsinki) and The Moominvalley of Tampere Art Museum, in co-operation with Moomin Characters Ltd.

Exhibition team: Elina Bonelius, Sirke Happonen, Kirsi Hasu, Liisa-Maija Hertto, Anni Kostamovaara, Elisa Kuulas, Anna-Liisa Merisaari, Heikki Mäenpää, Panu Raninen, Anna Salonen, Ana Sampakoski, Pasi Sinivuori
Text and illustration choises: Researcher, PhD Sirke Happonen together with the exhibition team
Special thanks to: Per Olov Jansson, Sophia Jansson
Thanks to: Britt-Mari Thelander, Jari Kuusenaho, Marja Pehkonen, Lassi Saresalo, E4 Projektiryhmä ry, Roleff Kråkström, Theresa Paul, Janina Orlov, Stephen Porter, Kati Suuronen
Photos: Per Olov Jansson’s photo archive, Collection of The Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum, Moomin Characters Ltd, Archive of Helsinki City Museum, Jari Kuusenaho, Kari Timonen, Esko Toivari, Sirke Happonen and Anna-Liisa Merisaari
Executive Producer: Harjula Production Ltd / Heikki Mäenpää
Copyrights of the photos: The archives of Helsinki City Museum, Virka Gallery, The archives Per Olov Jansson, The Moominvalley of the Tampere Art Museum, Helsinki City Museum, Harjula Production Ltd, Sirke Happonen, Bulls
Sources used by Sirke Happonen in the Artist Tove Jansson, Helsinki exhibition text:
* Tove Jansson’s written pieces. Paintings, illustrations and charicatures. Quotations from: Sculptor’s daughter. 1968. Helsinki: WSOY; Kuuntelija. 1972. Helsinki: WSOY and Viesti.
* 1998. Helsinki: WSOY. Jansson, Per Olov: interviews 17.5. and 1.6.2010. Interviewer Sirke Happonen.
* Tove Jansson: muistonäyttely. Taiteilijavanhemmat Signe Hammarsten Jansson ja Viktor Jansson. Ed. Anneli Ilmonen, Teija Waaramaa, Elina Bonelius. Tampereen taidemuseo - Pirkanmaan aluetaidemuseo 2002. Especially articles written by Elina Bonelius, Mirja Kivi, Erik Kruskopf and Ari Latvi.
* Happonen, Sirke: Vilijonkka ikkunassa - Tove Janssonin muumiteosten kuva, sana ja liike. Helsinki: WSOY 2007.
* Happonen, Sirke: ”Muumilaakson monet versot”. Suomalainen Design. Ed. Arvo Vatanen. Arvokirjat, 2008.
* Kruskopf, Erik: Kuvataiteilija Tove Jansson. Helsinki; WSOY.
* Kruskopf, Erik: Skämttecknaren Tove Jansson. Helsinki: Schildts 1995.
* Westin, Boel: Tove Jansson - ord, bild, liv. Stockholm: Bonniers, 2007.
Heikki Mäenpää - Snufkin's song
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Jansson's books have been translated into over 40 languages, and have been adapted as plays and films, as well as radio and tv- programmes. The latest interpretation is the contemporary dance theatre performance Dancing Moominvalley.
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Artist Tove Jansson (1914-2001) became internationally renowned for her moomin books and cartoons.