With her multifaceted life's work, Tove Jansson (1914-2001) became one of the key artists in Finnish visual art during the postwar golden age of modernism.

Like her entire generation, Jansson wanted to create art in her own terms, but only few have accomplished this with such originality. As a visual artist, illustrator and author, Jansson expanded and transformed her expression tirelessly up to the last years of her life. Her works are a reflection of an entire life philosophy, eliciting enthusiastic responses from children and adults alike in all countries where her works are known.

Jansson’s immense international success made her one of the best-known Finnish artist in the world. The year 2014, with Jansson’s 100th anniversary, is another great opportunity to take a new look at her entire body of work.

To celebrate this anniversary, we have opened the “Tove 100” website portraying Tove Jansson’s art and life from different perspectives. We wish the work of this well-loved artist will inspire aspiring artists as they strive towards new accomplishments.


Tampere, Finland

Tampere City Library: Lectures every Wednesday 10.9-12.11. at 6.15 p.m.- 8 p.m.
The Finnish Institute for Childrens Literature



Tampere Art Museum

Moominvalley, permanent exhibition
Tampereen taidemuseo

Current books and other new publications

Tove Jansson: Life, Art,Work (Sort of Books)
biography by Boel Westin,Jan 2014
Tove Jansson, Labora et amare
biography, Tuula Karjalainen, 2014
(fi-Tammi, se-Schildts&Söderströms, eng-Penguin)

BBC documentary

Documentary about Tove Jansson, UK, Dec 2012
Moominland Tales: the life of Tove Jansson

Online exhibition

A journey into the world of Tove Jansson, online exhibition arranged by The Finnish Association of Art Schools for Children and Young People 19.5.-31.12.2014


Miminc Music; Do Re muMitrollen: Muumi-konsertit


Centennial Charity Project
Unicef is the official charity partner during 2014
Money will be raised by selling anniversary Moomin products


Mint of Finland; Tove Jansson two-euro commemorative coin 16.6.2014
Mint of Finland

Franck Media documentary

Documentary about Moomin Characters Oy Ltd,
shown on MTV in Finland twice and in Sweden in 2014

Turku City Library

Tove, book of the Month x 12
Turku City Library

Library Bus, Helsinki

Library Bus, "Skidi", illustrated with moomins.
Helsingin Kaupunginkirjasto

Mint of Finland

Tove 100- anniversary coin issued 30.1.
Mint of Finland

Tove Jansson Stamp

A Tove Jansson stamp will be released on January 31.2014

Utställningen -Tervehdys Muumilaaksosta

Touring exhibition in Pirkanmaa region museums, from February 2014 -

Moomin concerts with Benny Törnroos

Muumikonsertteja: 9.11 Vantaa, 16.11 Kauppiasmessut Pietarsaari, 23.11 Pohjanmaan messut, 12-13.12 Espoo, Sellosali- Muumien Kaunis Maa- Balen i Mumindalen- juhlavuoden päätöskonsertti
Benny T

The Dancing Moominvalley

Dancing Moominvalley, Jyväskylä City Theater: 16.11
Dance Theatre MD’s repertoire


YLE radiotheater archive, Tove Jansson reads her own books


Spareparts Puppet Theatre; Moominpappa at Sea
Spare Parts


Map of places in Helsinki that in some way relate to Tove Janssons life and art
Moomin Blog

Ateneum, Helsinki

Tove Jansson art exhibition 14.3.-7.9. 2014
The Ateneum exhibition moves to Japan for a five art museum tour (2014-2015)


Tove 100 events in Porvoo
Visit Porvoo


Schweben, Träumen, Leben

Touring exhibition
Finnland institut
Göttingen, Germany, October


New York Review Books releases the novel The Woman Who Borrows Memories, Selected Stories, in October 2014


Sanviken municipality, "Bokomotivet-tuffar vidare", reading project for children, autumn 2014

YLE movie

documentary about Tove (Charlotta Airas)
autumn 2014

Theater Pelikanen, Sweden

Who will comfort Toffle, 27.9-13.11.2014
Teater Pelikanen

Yonezawa City Uesugi Museum, Japan

Moomin Exhibition 13.9-26.10.2014

Helsinki, Theater Viirus

Theater Viirus, Tales from Moominvalley puppet theater, opening 19.9.2014
Teatteri Viirus


The Swedish publishing company Max Ström is publishing a book about Tove Janssons life in photographs, 24.9.2014
Max Ström


"The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My" exhibition: 29.9-24.10 City Library Borås, 31.10-28.11 City Library Sundsvall, 6.12-18.1.2015 City Library Umeå

Vaasa City Theater

Moominland Midwinter theatre play, premiere 6.9.2014

Turku City Library

Turku City Library Youth department Stoori: 16.9-30.10.2014 "Muumien uudet seikkaliut!" exhibition, Moomin artwork made by Turku Steiner-schools 9th grade pupils


The Publishing house Sets book " Brev från Tove Jansson" by authors Helen Svensson and Boel Westin

Jyväskylä, Finland

Jyväskylä University- "Tove Jansson- more than just Moomins" 15.9- 15.11.2014


Noarootsi High School, Estonia: Tove Jansson photo exhibition 1-31.10.2014. C-G Hagström and Per Olov Janssons photographs

Moomins on the Riviera

Animated feature film
premiers 10.10.2014 in Finland
international premiere , BFI, London 11.10
and 18.10. Odeon West End

Åbo Svenska Teater

En spännande musikresa genom hela Toves sympatiska berättelse, kryddad med bilder och filmsekvenser

Tampere, Finland

Tampereen seudun työväenopisto: Moominvalley in November- Reading circle for adults 8 ja 15.11, Community singing in the spirit of Tove Jansson 11.10, Moomins in exhibitions 20.10-15.11
Tamepereen seudun työväenopisto

Kraków, Poland

Tove Jansson, Stories from the Moomin Valley; Kraków 18th International Book Fair in Krakow 23.10-26.10


Tove Jansson exhibition, Yokohama Sogo Museum 23.10.-30.11.2014

Helsinki Book Fair

Moomin Characters and Finnish publishers have a Tove Jansson stand 24.-27.10.

Murmansk, Russia

Photograph exhibition, Murmansk 30.10-28.11.2014

Krasnojarsk, Russia

Krasnojarsk Book Fair 31.10-4.11.2014, Moomin comic exhibition
Krasnojarsk Book fair


Schweben, Träumen, Leben

Touring exhibition
Finnland institut
Kulturtreff, Rodenbruch, Germany, November


Miminc Music; Do Re muMitrollen: Muumi-konsertit


Vernissa, Vantaa 3-14.11.2014 Eva Monthén "Klovharu- oma maailmansa" photo exhibition

The Nordic Library Week

The Nordic Library Week 10.11.2014, loud reading event with the theme "Trolls in the North"
Pohjoismainen kirjastoviikko

Katrineholm, Sweden

Moomin mini- exhibition for children at Katrineholm Library 10-30.11.2014

Pori, Suomi

Sytkyt Puppet Theater: Pori Library 10-11.11 and 14.11

Norway, Trondheim

Photograph exhibition: Tove Janssons life in pictures. Photographers Carl Gustav Hagström and Per Olov Jansson. Trondheim Art Association 13.11-14.12.2014
Finsk-norsk kulturinstitutt

Tampere. Finland

Sytkyt Puppet Theater: Tampere Art Museum 15.11 at 2 and 4.30 p.m.

Jyväskylä City Theater

Jyväskylän Lasten Lysti; Dance Theater MD; The Dancing Mominvalley 16.11.2014 at 5 p.m.

Norway, Trondheim

Discussion about Tove Janssons life. Literature researcher Mia Österlund and Literature specialist Marit Havdal. Trondheim Library 16.11.2014
Finsk-norsk kulturinstitutt

Paris, France

Unesco Headquarter, Paris, "Tove Janssons Moominbooks" exhibition 17-21.11.2014

Stockholm University, Conference

Tove Jansson Centennial Conference, Multiple Aesthetics: Passion, Politics, Philosophy, Stockholm University 27th-28th November 2014 Boel Westin
Stockholm University

Kristiansand, Norway

Author Tuula Karjalainen vists Kristiansand to tell about her book Tove Jansson- work and love, 27.11 and 29.11.2014
Sent i November


Sweden, Stockholm

Theatre play based on the short story "The Fir Tree"
Iller Kulturproduktion; Stockholm

Angoulême, France

Tove and Moomin Comic strip exhibition January 2015

Abeno Kintetsu, Osaka, Japan

Moomin Exhibition 11-25.12.2014


Tove Jansson Exhibition, Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art, 13.12.2014-15.2.2015

More events will be posted continuously


Tove Jansson Exhibition, Niigata Bandajima Art Museum, 18.2-6.5.2015


Tove Jansson Exhibition, Kitakyushu Museum of Art 23.5-5.7.2015


Tove Jansson Exhibition, Abeno Harukasu Museum of Art 25.7-27.9.2015

Press Kit

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