European Capital of Culture is the pedal hard on the gay imagery

Martin Rosefeldt visited the show in Turku.

Nestled in the south-west Finland, Turku Saturday became the European Capital of Culture 2011. Throughout the year art events will succeed. To begin, the medieval city of 175,000 inhabitants celebrates native son: Tom of Finland, whose real name Touko Laaksonen. Died in 1991, he was the illustrator who has revolutionized the homoerotic imagery. Under his wealth, from the 50s, at a time when homosexuality was still a crime, gay people are virile, happy and sexually very active. Sailors, uniforms, night meetings … folklore fantasized that traded under the cloak and has toured the world. Since his death, Tom of Finland came in galleries and museums.

La capitale européenne de la culture met la pédale dure sur l’imagerie gay

Nichée au sud-ouest de la Finlande, Turku est devenue samedi la capitale européenne de la culture 2011. Tout au long de l’année, les événements artistiques vont se succéder. Pour commencer, la cité médiévale de 175.000 habitants célèbre un enfant du pays : Tom of Finland, de son vrai nom Touko Laaksonen. Disparu en 1991, il est l’illustrateur qui a révolutionné l’imagerie homoérotique. Sous sa mine, dès les années 50, à une époque où l’homosexualité était encore un crime, les gays sont virils, heureux et sexuellement très actifs. Marins, uniformes, rencontres nocturnes… un folklore fantasmé qu’on s’échange sous le manteau et qui a fait le tour du monde. Depuis sa mort, Tom of Finland est entré dans les galeries et les musées.

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LACMA, Getty Embrace Gay Sadomasochism, Throw Down on Kinky Robert Mapplethorpe Archive Worth Over $30 Million

Kinky Robert Mapplethorpe Archive Worth Over $30 Million

Robert Mapplethorpe (right) and his lover, art collector Sam Wagstaff, in 1974

Robert Mapplethorpe’s work — mostly black and white, mostly from the grittiest cultural back-alleys of the 1970s and ’80s — is either high art or expensive pornography, depending on who you talk to.

As of today, though, the L.A. County Museum of Art and the Getty have made their collective position clear: In the first-ever joint acquisition between the two museums, well over $30 million in Mapplethorpe photos, sculptures and random paperstuffs have been secured in the Getty vaults in black archival boxes, waiting to unleash their incredible kinkiness upon the (already oversexed) Los Angeles public.

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