Tom of Finland
TOM OF FINLAND
(Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled
(1 of 6 from "Men of the Forest" series), 1957,
Graphite on paper, 13” x 9.5”,
Bob Mizer/AMG Collection
Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection #57.03,
© 1957-2012 Tom of Finland Foundation
In collaboration with Homotopia Liverpool
and Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles.
Supported by the Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture .
Tom of Finland tours to Sweden after highly successful
year in his home region of Turku, Finland.
The one-of-a-kind retrospective celebrating Tom of Finland
is touring to Stockholm beginning June 27. The exhibit features 50
rare and iconic drawings from 1928 to 1990. Pieces include early sketches
and later works, featuring pieces from Tom of Finland Foundation’s
Permanent Collection in Los Angeles.
"In Paris 2006 Rachel Laurent, a contemporary French
photographer visited an exhibition of Tom’s where I had the
pleasure of meeting her. As she entered the gallery, her appearance
stylish and sophisticated, her eyes glistened and a wide smile came
over her face that was delightful to observe. Her excitement and pleasure
of being there was very apparent. I approached and asked why she was
"She told me, “I have arrived at the bastion
of freedom. Displayed here are the works of a man that didn’t
cower or inhibit himself in his expression of what was in his heart.
He represents freedom for all of us.' " — Durk Dehner
Tom of Finland kommer till Sverige
by Jon Voss
“Tom had a close relationship
with Sweden. It was the Finns’ close cultural ties that reinforced
their vital belief in the value and liberty of the individual,”
said S.R. Sharp, Vice President and Curator of Tom of Finland Foundation.
During the exhibition’s previous stay in Turku, a record audience
of 90,000 people attended to view the work of local bad boy, Tom
of Finland. The exhibition was a key part of Turku European Capital
of Culture 2011 and is presented by Turku 2011 Foundation; Homotopia,
Liverpool; and Tom of Finland Foundation.
“The exhibition attracted significant national and international
interest,” said Cay Sevón, CEO Turku 2011 Foundation.
“The project will leave a permanent heritage in Turku.”
Sergels torg, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden • Map
Homotopia Liverpool Website
Turko 2011 Website