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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
January 28 - April 15 and May 6, 2017
Berlin, Germany

Salon Dahlmann and Galerie Judin
present
Touko Laaksonen:
The Man Behind Tom of Finland

Events: Touko Laaksonen: The Man Behind Tom of Finland
Photo: JACK SHEAR

Loves and Lives
January 28 - May 6, 2017

Salon Dahlmann

Opening: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 6 - 9 pm

Tom of Finland is a Gay icon. His drawings of well-built men in rugged attire, and depictions of man-to-man lust, shaped a strong image of Gay identity. He drew males having sex without shame, proud and full of confidence.

Tom of Finland is the artist name of Finnish Touko Laaksonen (1920, Kaarina – 1991, Helsinki). He signed his erotic work “Tom” and when his drawings were first published in 1957, now world-famous “Tom of Finland” was born. “Touko Laaksonen” was kept for family and colleagues; both friends and fans have always called him simply “Tom”.


Venue:
Salon Dahlmann
January 28 - May 6, 2017
Hours: Saturdays 11am – 4pm and with appointment

3 Marburger Straße 3, 10789 Berlin Germany · Map

Telephone: +49 30 21 90 98 50
Salon Dahlmann Website


Dual Tom of Finland exhibitions | Berlin


Ecce Homo
January 28 - April 15, 2017

Galerie Judin

Opening: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 4 - 6 pm

If we can agree upon the definition, that a great artist must be radical in the terms of his own time and has the power to change the way we see the world, then Tom of Finland undoubtedly counts among the great and truly influential artists of the second half of the 20th century. He managed to gain a huge international following outside the usual precincts of museums and galleries. Through his iconic images he almost singled-handedly changed the way Gay men were perceived by society, and – maybe even more important – how gay men perceived themselves.

All he needed to create a universe of dazzlingly gorgeous hunks was a pencil and a sheet of paper. And he probably drew every day of his life. Drawing was an excercise for his restless imagination and desire.


Venue:
Galerie Judin
January 28 - April 15, 2017
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am– 6pm and with appointment

Potsdamer Straße 83, 10785 Berlin Germany · Map

Telephone: +49.30.39 40 48 40
Galerie Judin Website


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MATTERS OF SIZE
“Cock size doesn’t matter to me. I didn’t start doing those gigantic cocks until the censors let the magazines publish full frontal nudity. I had to come up with something you couldn’t get in a photograph. So those big cocks are all for the other guys — I’m an ass man myself.” — Tom of Finland