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

March 31 - December 19, 2017

Helsinki, Finland

Happy Guide Helsinki
presents
Tom of Finland Experience

Events: Tom of Finland Experience
TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled, 1978, Graphite on paper,
© 1978-2017 Tom of Finland Foundation

Walk the streets of Helsinki where Tom walked!

Tom of Finland Experience takes you to the streets of Helsinki once walked by Touko Laaksonen, the man known to the world as the artist Tom of Finland. His homoerotic art has became a symbol for freedom and acceptance for generations since the 1950s, and also brought the movie about his life to theaters this year. 

Touko lived the majority of his life in Helsinki, and now there is a unique opportunity to follow his footsteps through the years, and also understand how Finland has transformed to become one of the most liberal countries of the world, as we now celebrate 100 years of independence in 2017. 

Not only an illustrator, Tom (born Touko Laaksonen, 1920-1991) was also known as a talented pianist, who studied at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. We like to bring his talent alive and start the tour with an audiovisual experience combining his art, interviews and favorite music. This takes place at Klaus K Hotel, that once was where Sibelius Academy was located.

Age limit: 18+
Time: Start at 17:30

Public weekly groups in English available on Fridays at 17:30

Duration: 2.5 hours

Included: guiding, audiovisual presentation, tour gift and Tom of Finland style drinks

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Happy Guide Helsinki
March 31 - December 19, 2017
Starts at Klaus K Hotel
Bulevardi 2, 00120 Helsinki, Finland · Map
Phone: +358445020066 · E-mail: happyguidehelsinki@gmail.com
Happy Guide Helsinki Website

 

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ABSTRACT ART
“The abstract, especially in those rough sketches, is very important to me, perhaps because of my advertising background, where layout is so important. Sometimes those first few lines cut the paper into such satisfying shapes that I don’t want to go on, but I always do, adding nostrils and nipples and bootstraps until I have filled the paper up as usual.” — Tom of Finland