The exhibition reveals the man behind Tom of Finland,
who rose to world renown. A multifaceted portrait of the artist Touko
Laaksonen is conveyed through his extensive correspondence. The letters
are on display for the first time!
The gay erotica of Tom of Finland has spread all around
the world. Despite this far-reaching recognition the profile of the
artist himself, Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991), has remained rather one-sided.
The exhibition presents a multidimensional person. It is an exhibition
about Tom of Finland as a man: as young man, soldier, musician, AD,
brother, friend, artist, old man suffering from emphysema – and
as a marvelous writer.
His exhaustive correspondence covers seven decades from
the early 1940s to the year of his passing in 1991. Besides letters
the exhibition presents Touko Laaksonen’s early paintings; his
portraits drawn by his sisters; art works by Tom of Finland; photos
from different phases of his life; as well as his outfits.
|In cooperation with:
|Touko Laaksonen's family
Tom of Finland Foundation
Turku 2011 Foundation
Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Tom of Finland Seura
Like Publishing/Otava archives
The Finnish Comics Professionals
The Finnish Comics Society
Susanna Luoto, Curator
Graphic Design by Wallu
On 8th September, Itella will release a set of stamps in Finland to honor "the most famous Finnish artist in the world". The three 1st class stamps were coordinated by Solja Järvenpää; Timo Berry; and Susanna Luoto and Durk Dehner of Tom of Finland Foundation.
Sealed with a Secret inaugurates the new Postal Museum at the Museum Centre Vapriikki.
10th September, 6-8p: Curator’s Talk, “The Artist of Various Images”, with Susanna Luoto.
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Tom of Finland produced more than 3,500 images during
his career. The two drawings appearing on the stamp sheet are both untitled
and date from the late 70s. They encapsulate the self-aware, unapologetic
and proud archetypes of Tom of Finland, as well as the photorealistic
and b/w toned aesthetics of his eloquent signature.
|ADULT TASTE Tours
Special guided 30 minute tours of the exhibition. 18+
Presenting the artist’s boldest works, which are not usually on display.
February 13, 2015
March 14 and 27, 2015
Tours at 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM
Wine bar open till 7:15 PM
Visitors can stop at the bar, before or after a tour, and view TOM literature and a slideshow.
A guide acting as Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland) will reveal personal details about the artist’s life, the awakening of his sexuality, his loves, and being raised in Kaarina.
Gallery Hours: Check website for current times
33101 Tampere, Finland ∑
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