16 August 2017

Moomins at the theatre exhibition still open in Helsinki, Finland

Moomins at the theatre exhibition at the Theatre Museum in Helsinki has delighted thousands of visitors from all over the world. The exhibition was opened one year ago and is still open until September 19th.

Japanese are known to be really enthusiastic Moomin fans, but also groups from Germany and the United States have visited the museum and the Moomin exhibition.

Theatre Museum’s Press Officer Ilona Kemppainen said: “Straight after arriving many of the tourists have said that they will only see the Moomin section but after precise exploring, they have been willing to see also the rest of the museum.”

The exhibition presents unique material for the first time in almost 70 years. Moomins appeared at the stage already in 1949 by the Swedish Theatre with the play Mumintrollet och Kometen. The play was written by Tove Jansson herself and she also designed the costumes and stage settings.

“When Tove had a chance to work at the Swedish Theatre’s production, she learned to love the theatre. She experienced the theatre was a fantastic place where you can be anyone what you’ve always dreamed of. On stage, everything you can imagine can be real”, Tove Jansson’s niece Sophia Jansson said at the opening of the exhibition in 2016.

The exhibition presents also the next three Moomin theatre plays, those where Tove Jansson was still involved. After Swedish Theatre’s play, the Moomins were seen in the Mumintrollet i kulisserna play at Lilla Teatern in Helsinki in 1958. The Finnish National Opera presented Moomin Opera in 1974 and Muumit kulisseissa (Moomins behind the scenes) by Helsinki City Theatre from 2002 represents Moomin plays from the 2000s.

 

 

The exhibition is carried out together with Moomin Characters and is open until September 19th.

Theatre Museum

Cable Factory,
Tallberginkatu 1 G, Helsinki

 

Read also:

“Moomins at the theatre” exhibition – conservation of the costumes

Moomins at the theatre: Swedish Theatre 1949 – Mumintrollet och kometen

Moomins at the theatre: Lilla Teatern 1958 – Troll i kulisserna

Moomins at the theatre: Finnish National Opera 1974 – Moomin opera

Moomins at the theatre: Helsinki City Theatre 2002 – Muumit kulisseissa

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