Finnish Ambassador visits TOM exhibition

Finnish Ambassador to Sweden, Harry Helenius and CEO Turku Foundation, Cay Sevón at Kulturhuset for Tom of Finland exhibition, 2012.

 

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Detail from “Camping”), 1976, Gouache on paper, Michael Holm/Revolt Press Collection – Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection #76.29, © 1976 Tom of Finland Foundation

 

Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden.

 

TOM OF FINLAND EXHIBITION

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Tom of Finland exhibition opened at Kulturhuset – Stockholm

Tom of Finland-utställning öppnades på Kulturhuset.

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Mika, Orjan, Martin and Peter in front of the poster that TOM drew for SLM and later used for their Baltic Battle poster in 1994. Photo: Jonas Norén

Efter att i ett år ha visats i Åbo under Kulturhuvudstadsåret 2011 kom utställningen så till Stockholm och det Kulturhus som även i år blir Pride House.När Kulturhuset på onsdagskvällen bjöd till vernissage på Tom of Finland-utställningen kom Tom of Finland Foundations Durk Dehner för att medverka. På plats fanns även bland annat Finlands ambassadör Harry Helenius liksom kulturattaché Cita Högnabba och Åbo Kulturhuvudstadsårs Cay Sevón.

Gary Everett från hbt-kulturfestivalen Homotopia i Liverpool fanns på plats efter en intensiv veckas arbete med att få utställningen på plats.Kulturhusets Eric Sjöström, Everett, Sevón och QX förlagschef <bhöll tal och Durk Dehner gjorde så en specialvisning av de bilder som visas av Touko Laaksonensverk som spänner från 1944 fram till 1990, bara ett år innan han avled i Helsingfors.

Just nu pågår ett intensivt arbete för att arkivera och bygga upp samlingar av Tom of Finlands

QX’s Jon Voss was the opening speaker. Foto: Jonas Norén

arbete i Finland. Utställningen pågår under sommaren och över Stockholm Pride och planer finns att hålla ett antal seminarier kring utställningen i samband med festivalen.

At the opening was Tom of Finland Foundation’s cofounder and president, Durk Dehner, Finnish Ambassador Harry Helenius as well as cultural attaché Cita Högnabba, Turku Culture Capital’s Cay Sevón and Gary Everett from LGBT arts festival Homotopia in Liverpool.

Kulturhuset’s Eric Sjostrom, Everett, Sevón and QX Publishing Manager and Durk Dehner had a special viewing of the works by Touko Laaksonen spanning 1944 until 1990, just one year before the artist died in Helsinki.

Currently, there are efforts to archive and build collections of Tom of Finland’s work in Finland. The exhibition runs during the summer and Stockholm Pride. There are plans to hold a series of seminars on the exhibition in conjunction with the festival.

Durk Dehner of Tom of Finland Foundation and Eric Sjostrom, Kulturhuset’s artistic director. Photo: Jonas Norén

 

Cay Sevón and curator Gary Everett from Homotopia in Liverpool. Photo: Jonas Norén

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Tom of Finland-utställning öppnades på Kulturhuset

 

Great opening for the Tom of Finland exhibition. The Finnish Ambassador said he was immensely proud of TOM.  This is the first time ToFF’s permanent collection has been seen in Sweden. Thanks to all of the funders, partners, friends and supporters for making this special event happen.

KULTURHUSET – TOM OF FINLAND – 28 JUN–19 AUG

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Tom of Finland exhibition will be seen in Sweden

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1979, Graphite on paper, ToFF #79.15, © 1979 Tom of Finland Foundation


The success from the Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture is coming to Stockholm! Tom of Finland exhbition will be seen in Kulturhuset in Stockholm 28 June – 19 August 2012.

For 40 years, the artist Tom of Finland has been a major Gay icon. His drawings have inspired the fantasies of generations of homosexual men. Today he is regarded as the most influential creator of Gay pornographic images, and is represented in institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2009, he was featured in the Nordic Pavilion at the Venice Biennial. He died in 1991. 

This exhibition is produced by Kulturhuset in association with Homotopia, Liverpool, and Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles.

Turku 2011 Foundation 

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