Sealed with a Secret
Correspondence of Tom of Finland
TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1972, Pen & ink, gouache on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1972 Tom of Finland Foundation
The exhibition reveals the man behind Tom of Finland, who rose to world renown. It presents a multifaceted portrait of the artist and Touko Laaksonen as a man.
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
Besides letters, Sealed with a Secret has on display the artist’s early paintings, later drawings, photos from different phases of his life, his apparel and his personal stamp collection.
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.
Currrrin September 2014.