“Not only an artist”: Tom of Finland in Finland’s Iltalehti newspaper

Iltalehti newspaper

Finnish national newspaper Iltalehti has published a full page article on Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen). The article’s title quotes Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) President Durk Dehner: “Touko ei ollut vain taiteilija” (translation: “Touko was not only an artist”).

Featuring an interview with Durk, the article discusses the current wave of Tom of Finland projects – all accomplished with ToFF support – in Tom’s native Finland. Two of these projects will be launched on September 8: the forthcoming Tom of Finland postal stamp series, which has attracted worldwide attention, and a coinciding exhibition of Tom’s letter correspondence, Sealed With A Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finlandwhich will be the inaugural show at Finland’s new Postal Museum in Tampere. Last Thursday in Helsinki, two other projects were launched: Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames – an exhibition of Tom’s comic art, alongside comic art by other ToFF-associated artists – and a book of Tom’s comics in their original Finnish textTom of Finland: Sarja Kuvia.

Appearing on p. 12 in the August 28 edition of Iltalehti, the article includes a current photo of Durk and a 1982 photo of Durk with Tom:

Detail from article on Tom of Finland in Iltalehti

Click to download the article as a PDF:

Download as PDF: "Touko ei ollut vain taiteilija" article in Iltalehti

Download as PDF: “Touko ei ollut vain taiteilija” article in Iltalehti

Also appearing on Iltalehti’s popular news website on August 28 was a further article devoted to the Tom of Finland: Sarja Kuvia book and the Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames exhibition.

The Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames exhibition launch at MUU Galleria attracted a capacity crowd, as reflected in an album of photos recently published by the gallery to its Facebook page:

A capacity crowd outside MUU Galleria for the launch of "Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames"

A capacity crowd outside MUU Galleria for last Thursday’s August 28 launch of “Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames”. Photo: Sinem Kayacan


The Tom of Finland postal stamp series and the coinciding exhibition, Sealed With A Secret – Correspondence of Tom of Finland, will launch on September 8 at Museum Centre VapriikkiAlaverstaanraitti 5, 33101 Tampere, Finland. Gallery hours: Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm. Map | Gallery phone number +358 (0) 3 5656 6966.

“Tom of Finland: Dirty Frames” runs until September 28 at MUU Galleria, Lönnrotinkatu 33, 00180 Helsinki, Finland. Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 12-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-4pm. Map | Facebook event | Gallery phone number +358-(0)9-625 972. Information and purchase details for Tom of Finland: Sarja Kuvia are available at the book’s page on the Like Publishing website. 

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