“Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play” | 6th May | Helsinki

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1947, Gouache on paper, 11.38” x 8.31”,Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1947 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1947, Gouache on paper, 11.38” x 8.31”,Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1947 Tom of Finland Foundation

In the world of Tom of Finland, everyone is allowed to be themselves – joy and pleasure belong to everyone. Kunsthalle Helsinki’s major exhibition portrays the artist’s work on wider scale than ever seen before.

A masterful stroke and iconic male figures have made Tom of Finland into one of Finland’s most widely-known artists. His bold and humorous imagery has sparked conversations on sexual diversity, equality as well as on the relationship between pornography and art.

The Pleasure of Play is the most comprehensive Tom of Finland exhibition to date, spanning six decades to include more than 180 drawings, 1930s childhood paper dolls, the full set of 1940s gouaches along with triptychs, individual drawings, storyboards and over 300 reference pages.

The exhibition was initially seen, conceived for, and produced by Artists Space, New York in Summer 2015 and has been complemented with works and documentation portraying aspects of the personal history of the artist, such as early landscapes and photos lent from family albums.

Opening Friday 6-8p with Pekka Strang

Runs through 7th August 2016

 

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Tom of Finland conquers New York

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The Pleasure of Play advertised prominently on Manhattan’s Greene Street. The Tom of Finland exhibition has received an enthusiastic response.

Tom of Finland valloittaa New Yorkia

Tom of Finlandin laaja homotaiteen kavalkadi New Yorkissa on hätkähdyttävä – taituruudessaan ja suoruudessaan. Näyttely saapuu ensi keväänä Helsingin taidehalliin.

On juhlavaa astella newyorkilaista Greene Streetiä. Lyhtypylväissä komeilee suuria mainoslakanoita suomalaisen Tom of Finlandin The Pleasure of Play -taidenäyttelystä kadun varren galleriassa. Alue on Manhattanin Sohoa, vapaamielisen kulttuuri-Amerikan sisintä.

The exhibition will arrive next spring to Kunsthalle Helsinki.

READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE IN FINNISH BY VELI-PEKKA LEPPÄNENHelsingin Sanomat-logo-60

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