OF FINLAND FOUNDATION
TOM OF FINLAND STAYS HOME
TOM OF FINLAND
(Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled, 1971, Pastel on paper,
15.25” x 12.00”, ToFF #71.07,
© 1971 Tom of Finland Foundation
Durk Dehner at the presentation.
Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen) will not be leaving Turku, Finland
entirely, even though the Capital of Culture year’s successful
of Finland Retrospective exhibition is closing there at Logomo:
The Center of Culture, on December 18, 2011.
The Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art (WAM) and the Åbo
Akademi Library in Turku wish to collect works by Tom of Finland
and material related to the artist.
Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) supports the desires of the city’s
institutions and, as a token of that support, it has donated one
of the artist’s works from its collection to WAM, acting as the
Turku City Art Museum. The gift is a signed, pastel portrait from
The work was presented to the Museum on December 15, 2011 by Tom
of Finland Foundation president and cofounder, Durk Dehner —
a close friend of Tom’s — who together with Tom established
ToFF on December 14, 1984.
Receiving the gift was Päivi Kiiski, Director of Fine Arts
at the Museum Centre of Turku.
“On the identity front, we are especially interested in Queer
research, which makes Tom particularly fitting for our collection,”
Päivi Kiiski says with gratitude.
Tom of Finland, a native of Turku’s neighboring town of Kaarina,
conquered the world with his trademark style. “From an art history
point of view, Tom of Finland has inspired popular culture and
contemporary art in many ways. A modern art museum is the best
place for his artistic legacy,” Kiiski says.
ToFF’s vice president and curator, S. R. Sharp, says, “Tom passed
away in 1991 and now belongs to the world. He loved his homeland
and he loved to meet people from all over the globe. On paper,
he created a world so attractive that countless numbers of Queers
sought to live in it and, in fact, recreated Tom’s world in their
world – the real world. We are very pleased to help Tom’s
family and friends in his return to his native region. Turku appreciates
his Beauty and shares his Message of freedom.”
The Turku 2011 Foundation is responsible for implementing the
Capital of Culture year as commissioned by the City of Turku.
The Foundation is responsible for coordinating and partially funding
the projects selected for the Capital of Culture program.
By 1984, Tom of Finland had established worldwide recognition
as the master of homo-erotic art, and the Tom of Finland Foundation’s
original purpose was to preserve his vast catalog of work and
Several years later the scope of the nonprofit was widened to
offer a safe haven for all erotic art in response to
rampant discrimination against art that portrayed sexual behavior
or generated a sexual response.
Today, ToFF continues in its efforts of educating the public
about the cultural merits of erotic art and in promoting healthier,
more tolerant attitudes about sexuality..
Durk Dehner, President & Cofounder
Los Angeles, California, USA
Museum Centre of Turku, WAM
Päivi Kiiski, Director of Fine Arts
+358 50 371 0258
Catherine af Hällström, Script and Image Collection
+358 2 215 4108
Rita Paqvalén, Production Coordinator
+358 40 760 1444/+358 40 741 3363
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December 16, 2011
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A Quarter Century Dedicated to Protecting,
Preserving and Promoting Erotic Art