Moomin Exhibition THE ART AND THE STORY Now On Display at Osaka’s ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum

19.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

Moomin Exhibition THE ART AND THE STORY is currently ongoing at ABENO HARUKAS Art Museum in Osaka until August 30, 2020. Around 500 pieces of art are being shown, celebrating the beloved characters of the Moomin series created by Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson (1914-2001). The exhibition will subsequently move to Sapporo, Kumamoto, and finally Shizuoka once the Osaka one closes up.

The exhibition’s showcase features a specially selected collection from the Moomin Museum—the world’s only museum centred on the Moomins with over 2,000 art pieces on display—illustrations and sketches from Moominvalley, and more. There’s also ukiyo-e paintings alongside the Moomins, celebrating the 100 year friendship between Japan and Finland.

 

The Moomins are popular worldwide, especially in Japan, so if you’re travelling there this year then be sure to visit the exhibition and find out where it’s going next.

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