It is Ilon Wikland´s 90th birthday on February 5, 2020. Ilon’s Wonderland celebrates this big birthday all year long.
On February 5, Ilon’s Wonderland is open to everyone for free. There are special programs for school and kindergarten children. We talk about Ilon Wikland and read books illustrated and written by her. Tammerraamat Publishers and Leelo Tungal present a new book “Anni uhke uudis” (text: Leelo Tungal, illustrations by Ilon Wikland). In addition, the book “Pikk-pikk teekond” (by Ilon Wikland, Rose Lagercrantz) was published again.
Traditionally, the winners of the Ilon Wikland Young Artist Award will be awarded and an exhibition of the best entries will be opened. The works of young artists can be viewed on the second floor of Ilon’s Wonderland until March 1.
Exhibition “Ilon in Homes” – Ilon Wikland’s work in private collections
Another unique exhibition entitled “Ilon in Homes” is opened on February 5. This is an exhibition of Ilon Wikland’s works in private collections. After all, Ilon Wikland, in her own way, stays in every home where she has illustrated books and pictures. The exhibition features thirty-four drawings from a dozen homes and one miniature sculpture. There are images from many eras – both illustrations and freelance creations. Rarities are three original illustrations of “Little Brother and Karlsson from the Roof” from the first edition of 1955. There are also pictures from the book “Potato Children”. The illustrations in this book are meaningful to Ilon’s Wonderland. After all, this house is imagined as the original home of the potato children. The exhibition will remain open in the gallery on the ground floor of Ilon’s Wonderland until the end of the year.
Jubilee Exhibition “Childhood Home in Ilon´s pictures”
In June Ilon Wikland’s Jubilee Exhibition will be opened in Ilon´s Wonderland to show her work through the theme of childhood home. Domestic parties and celebrations, a nursery, pets as beloved family members – these are just a few of the keywords that bring a warm feeling to Ilon Wikland’s creations. The exhibition will remain open until the end of the year. More info coming soon.
Suitcase exhibition “The Long-Long Journey” is traveling all over Estonia
In cooperation with the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre and Children’s Department of the Central Library of the Lääne County, this year a traveling exhibition on the life and work of Ilon Wikland, entitled “The Long-Long Journey”, will be accompanied by a playful educational programme for schoolchildren. Contact: Anneli Kengsepp email@example.com
The jubilee year extends beyond Estonia
The wish to celebrate the great anniversary of Ilon Wikland in cooperation with Ilon´s Wonderland has come, among other things, from our Finnish partners and the Estonian Embassy in London. More info coming soon.
Educational program “Ilon’s Story in the Jubilee Year”
Ilon’s Wonderland invites all kindergarten and school children to take part in educational programme “Ilon’s Story” introducing life and work of Ilon Wikland. Information and registration: firstname.lastname@example.org
Search game “Ilon’s Trails”
All visitors in Ilon’s Wonderland can take part in a search game throughout the year to learn more about Ilon Wikland’s life and work. Monthly prizes will be drawn between good players.
Drawing competition “My pet”
Pets have been very important in Ilon Wikland’s life. His childhood friend was the dog Tito and later in Sweden the dog Sammeli, who can be found in many Wikland´s illustrations. Ilon has really drawn many different animals – from domestic animals to wild animals, most of all maybe dogs and horses. Ilon´s Wonderland is waiting for everyone’s drawings of their pets until July 1, so that we can exhibit these works in summer.
The jubilee year is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the City of Haapsalu.