Tove Jansson was an artist of many talents: she was a painter, author, illustrator and comic artist. She was also one of the best known Finnish artists abroad: the mother of the Moomins.

HAM presents Tove Jansson’s art and life with works from the people of Helsinki’s own art collection. The exhibition will include two of Tove Jansson’s most important works, the frescos Party in the City and Party in the Countryside, and the oil painting Before the Masquerade and sketches made for the murals in the Aurora Children’s Hospital.

Helsingfors stadshus, restaurang Stadshuskällaren. Tove Jansson och Niilo Suihko målar fresken Fest på landet © Helsingfors stadsmuseum / Foto Roos
Helsinki City Hall, restaurant Kaupunginkellari. Tove Jansson and Niilo Suihko painting the fresco Party in the Countryside. © Helsinki City Museum / Foto Roos

Tove Jansson’s life is related with a biography and photographs by her brother Per Olov Jansson.

Tove Jansson and the Moomins are loved by children and adults alike. For the first time in Helsinki, Tove Jansson’s work will now be put on permanent display.