Adults 12 €, discount ticket 8€
(7-15 yrs, students, draftees, pensioners, Turku card).
Children under 16 years free of charge
Group discount for more than 15 persons: - € 2 from normal ticket
In addition, all elementary school classes, who have booked a guided tour
pay in advance,
get in for free.
“His art is art at best: provocative, commenting
bold and wonderfully drawn. - A good reason to visit Turku!"
CAPITAL OF CULTURE
The time for acknowledgements and thanks with respect to the
Capital of Culture year will be the weekend from 17 to 18 December.
Viimeinen mahdollisuus – vain muutama päivä!
Day on Masculinity in the Tom of Finland Exhibition!
Saturday, March 5 · 2:00 PM –
A collaboration between the Association Regnbågsankan and
Turku in 2011
“He is so handsome, he must be gay.” A talk about manhood
with a focus on appearance ideals. Location: Logomos seminar
We wonder how the ideal man looks like today, how
ideals are created and how they are maintained. We treat the subject
also by questions about homosexuality. Is there such so that one
is called oman must not be “too” good looking and that
a gay man, however should be nice to be better treated? Panelists
include Tom of Finland-expert Berndt Arell, sociologist January
Wickman and this year’s Mr. Gay Finland Kenneth Liukkonen.
The discussion is led by Anders Ahlbäck.
4:00 to 5:00 PM A guided tour
of the Tom of Finland-exhibition with Rita Paqvalén and Berndt
Arell. We will hear more about the man Touko Laaksonen behind the
to view a short video of the opening night!
The time is coming of the triumphant return of the man,
Touko Laaksonen, to his country of Finland. Laaksonen is best known
as the artist Tom of Finland. His body may have passed over two decades
ago, yet his spirit lives on in his art as he proudly makes his homecoming
to his native region of Turku as part of the 2011 European Capital of
Since early 2009, Tom of Finland Foundation in partnership
with Homotopia, has been preparing for this very special exhibition
in Turku, which has been curated to span this master artist’s
lifetime from his early childhood drawings to his most accomplished
works. Tom of Finland has been proclaimed as one of the most influential
artists of the last century. He transcended into, and became part of
our culture, being expressed in numerous ways. His influence can be
seen from Jean Paul Gaultier fashions and the photography of Bruce Weber
to the stage presence of Freddy Mercury, Rob Halford of Judith Priest,
Adam Ant, and Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes to Hollywood fame. He is
felt in the paintings of Pierre et Gilles and Juan Davila to the films
of Kenneth Anger and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Tom of Finland made his homeland internationally famous
through his renderings of its natural splendor and the majestic, northern,
god-like men that he created – TOM’s Men. His return to
Turku offers his own people a new opportunity to experience his genius,
to be enthralled in his mastery and to absorb the Beauty in his depictions
of the male species. It is a chance to snicker along with Tom with his
classic Finnish humor and to see ourselves in his simple, straightforward
approach to something that comes naturally to all of us – sex.
Beginning in the mid 1950s, Tom’s clear objective was to give
homosexual males strong, positive, masculine role models – proud
men-loving-men. No guilt, no shame. Very simple. Very powerful. His
artwork provided generation after generation healthy and happy imagery
with which they could identify – something that western culture
had been unwilling to supply and, in fact, did it utmost to curtail.
The world abounds with a love for this hero and his art,
stretching across all boundaries. It is now time for everyone to permit
themselves to enjoy him, honor him, cherish him and be proud of him
for all that he gave us. When one hears “Finland”, one thinks
of Nokia, Jean Sibelius, and Tom of Finland, of course.
President & Cofounder
Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles
ÅBO 2010 Video on Tom of Finland
Tom's influence on homosexuality.
"I think he's back. He's back, and with a vengeance."
Interview with Curator Gary Everett and Asta Bowman in April for Live2011.
Homotopia Video on Tom of Finland
Includes interview with clips of Tom and Durk Dehner.
The Homotopia site includes many interesting gay related videos.
A clip from 2008 featuring James Lawler and Holly Johnson
(former frontman from Frankie Goes To Hollywood)
taking a tour of the Fellow Travellers exhibition including
the Tom of Finland and Nice08 at Homotopia Festival Liverpool.
Mies Mikkonen’s film documents the triumphant return
of the permanent collection to Turku including some of Tom’s most iconic and rarely seen artwork.
Sokos Hotels and Kaleva Travel offer various
hotel and ticket packages for the Logomo Capital of Culture year
exhibitions as well as for various other events in the 2011 programme.
Kaleva Travel provides packages for groups of at least 10 persons
according to their wishes including arrangements for 2011 events
and associated events. Kaleva works in cooperation with the
Capital of Culture partners Finnair, Sokos Hotels and Tallink