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Southbank Centre announces major new exhibition: Adventures in Moominland @southbankcentre #SCMoomins

14 November 2016 No Comment

moomins-at-the-southbank-2  What have you got planned to entertain the kids this Christmas Holiday? Just in time for the break, the Southbank centre is launching an immersive, interactive exhibition which explores the internationally-recognised stories of the Moomin family through the life of its author Tove Jansson . Hot on the heels of the successful Roald Dahl experience which we loved, this is the first major UK exhibition on The Moomins . There are more than 40 items of archive material on display including original drawings, paintings and personal itemsmany to be shown in the UK for the first time. The narrative is voiced by Sandi Toksvig, and there is a range of Moomin themed events too.

tove-jannsonAdventures in Moominland uses significant archive materials on loan from Moomin Characters Ltd, Helsinki and Tampere Art Museum. It will display objects never-before exhibited in the UK: from original illustration;, artworks and 3D models; to letters and personal items from Tove’s studio in Helsinki and her family island of Klovharu, where she lived for almost thirty years.

moomins-at-the-soutbank-1These archival objects become part of the story, bringing Tove’s world and creations closer to the audience and offering visitors something completely different from a traditional museum exhibition. Visitors will uncover seven immersive and interactive worlds that explore the inspirations behind Tove’s much-loved stories. These worlds explore the influence of the Nordic landscape within the Moomin books, from the dense forests of Moominvalley to a canvas tent on the water’s edge in Finland, a recreation of Tove’s art studio and her island of Klovharu.

Several of the Moomin stories, such as Comet in Moominland (1946) and Moomin Midwinter (1957) were written against the backdrop of political and socio-economic change in Finland and heavily influenced by Tove’s relationships with family, friends and lovers which defined the narrative and character development. Written during a time of hardship and war, the tolerant world of Moominvalley offered a refuge from the harshness of reality. Tove explored her art and own sexuality within the confines of this changing political landscape – and her friends, enemies, fears and hopes often found themselves manifested in the complex and emotional stories.

Running until 23 April 2017, the exhibition will also feed into Southbank Centre’s 2017 festival offering, with a range of Moomins themed events taking place across the site during WOW – Women of the World festival (March 2017) and Imagine Children’s Festival (February 2017). A selection of archive comic strips will also be displayed in Southbank Centre’s Archive Studio in Royal Festival Hall until February 2017 and a pop-up Moomins shop will also be on Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall throughout the exhibition’s run.


Recommended for ages 7+

Tours run every 15 minutes between 10am – 6pm at peak times and weekends (last tour enters at 6pm) £16.50/£13.50 (supporter ticket*) £15/£12 (non-supporter ticket) and daily, on the hour at 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm Thursdays and Fridays only, an additional tour at 7pm for adults only £13.50/£11.50 (supporter ticket*) £12/£10 (non-supporter ticket)

Image credits: © Moomin Characters; © Per Olov Jansson; Tampere Art Museum, Moominvalley Collection

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