Fuck rug

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Tom of Finland, born Touko Laaksonen in 1920, is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of recent times due to his revolutionary representation of the male figure. He became legendary for his erotic gay scenes, portraying nude and leather-clad men with exaggerated sex organs. He is understood to have influenced Freddie Mercury, Robert Mapplethorpe and other gay public figures in the late 20th century. His goal was to show gay men as happy and confident, and to remove any shame associated with homosexuality, creating an empowering queer iconography.

There are twelve hand tufted rugs in the collection and one hand knotted carpet, all made from silk and wool. Many of them depict explicit scenes of a sexual nature – including one that has informally been coined the ‘fuck rug’ (for obvious reasons). It was important to stay true to the artist’s body of work, regardless of content.

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TOM in Russia

Department of Art

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TOM OF FINLAND © Tom of Finland Foundation Pillow by Henzel Studio

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TOM OF FINLAND © Tom of Finland Foundation Pillow by Henzel Studio

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TOM OF FINLAND © Tom of Finland Foundation Pillow by Henzel Studio

The works of famous artists become pillows and rugs at Colette, Paris.

Двенадцать объектов современного искусства в конце марта стали предметами выставки в парижском Colette, экспонаты которой можно будет приобрести.

Но в самом известном в мире концепт-сторе найдут временное пристанище не полотна и фотографии, а уютные ковры и мягкие подушки со светлыми, концептуальными изображениями работ художников. Уже более пятнадцати лет студия арт-ковров Henzel Studio, в сотрудничестве с которой Colette и устроил эту смелую «ярмарку», производит высококачественные, выполненные вручную традиционным ткаческим методом ковры.
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ART RUGS. THAT’S A THING NOW.

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, Hand knotted, Wool & Silk, 150 knot Free-form, 215 x 240 cm (84.5 x 94.5 ins) © 1978 Tom of Finland Foundation

 

I can quite honestly say I have never written at any length about rugs before. Has anyone? But then I suppose I had never really seen a rug worthy of writing about. That all changed on Wednesday night when I attended the Henzel Studio Collaboration launch at Colette. Work by some of the world’s most celebrated contemporary artists has been turned into glorious oversized rugs. Jurgen Teller, Nan Goldin, Scott Campbell and most importantly: Tom of Finland. On a rug. Best thing ever. 

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TOM OF FINLAND rug, Colette, 213 rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, Iron-on patch © 1978 Tom of Finland Foundation

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