Tove Janssonin ateljee © Kuva: HAM / Maija Toivanen

Tove Jansson’s studio and memorial plaque

Artist Tove Jansson (1914–2001), creator of the Moomins, lived and worked in this house from 1944 onwards. She spoke openly and unapologetically about her same-sex relationships at a time when most gay people remained in the closet. A secret passage led from her studio, via the attic, to the flat of her long-time companion, graphic artist Tuulikki Pietilä (1917–2009). in 1992 they were the first female couple to publicly attend the Independence Day reception at the Presidential Palace. The memorial plaque on the wall carries a relief of Tove’s face made by her father, sculptor Viktor Jansson (1886–1958).