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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.

September 26 - November 21, 2009

Berlin, Germany

Schlechtriem Brothers
present:

Tom of Finland
A Major Exhibition of Rarely Seen Works



Opening: Saturday, September 26, 2009, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Works from the Foundation's and other collections.
PLUS a selection of original studies and reproductions for sale.

"There is a great reunion taking place. The man who gave us so much in identity, and how to be proud, is having a gathering in the city of his passions. Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland, had a deep devotion for Berlin, its lifestyle and its men. Having an exhibition of Tom’s in the city of his dreams is an honor (and worth getting a little drunk over!). The Finns know how to do some serious drinking… And we know how to acknowledge one of our own…

"The show is a combination of works from our Permanent Collection and works for sale. Together they make up a mighty powerful exhibit! Heavy lines of uniforms and leather. Tom depicted these sexy, black-leather-clad uniform men that made us all go weak in the knees. We have emulated and imitated them.

"I have been here for sixty years. I’m proud to say that I’m so proud and have such a feeling of being really unique and special as Homosexual. I invite all of you to find your way to the new mecca of the queer and art world: The New Berlin. We are drawn there for it pulls us — and it’s not about it being the coolest place — no, it’s the right place for us as a tribe in our next era…

"So, who knows who will live there? We go there to wash our spirits and define who we are. I always tell the youngsters not to believe a word I say — just try it on and see how it fits… Welcome to Tom’s World…"

— Durk Dehner, ToFF president and cofounder

Schlechtriem Brothers
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12 NOON to 6 PM
Kleine Kurstrasse 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany Map 49.30.23.257.885

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