Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago

Shot over a period of 60 years by Finnish photographers C-G Hagstrom and Per Olov Jansson, the subject’s brother, this exhibition of rare photographs is a treat revealing the author and artist’s life on her private ‘angry island’.  The exhibition is an ICA Touring show presented by The Potteries Museum until 20 September 2015.

The exhibition focusses on Tove Jansson’s private life on her own remote island in the archipeiago of Finland.  There she regular spent her summers with her partner, also an artist, hiding and living a very simple lifestyle.   The photographs show a very barren, harsh and basic existence, one dependent on firewood and freshwater, and yet the simplicity brought intimacy, fun and inspiration.  It is clear that the way she lived there influenced her writing and artwork.  The photographs are presented alongside books, including first editions and her wonderful Moomins creations.Tove4