The exhibition includes artists associated with Tom of Finland Foundation including Etienne, The Hun, Michael Kirwan, Jouni Lepistö, Joe Phillips, Benoît Prévot, Studio Splatter, Thor of Sweden, and Bill Ward.
The opening is also the launch of a very special book from Like Publishing, Tom of Finland: Sarja Kuvia. Tom of Finland Foundation has teamed with the publisher to present Tom of Finland's comics in their original Finnish text, with several of the stories in print for the first time.
The exhibition is organized in cooperation with Tom of Finland Foundation, Tom of Finland Seura, The Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Comics Museum and The Finnish Comics Society. The Finnish Comics Society was the first Finnish organization to honor the artist in granting him the Puupäähattu in 1990, the most prestigious Finnish comics award.
The exhibition is one of the highlights of the the 29th
Helsinki Comics Festival celebrating Queer artists this year, and
it coincides with the 40th anniversary year of Seta.
(Click to enlarge the images below.)
Left to right: S. R. Sharp (ToFF Vice President); Jouni
Lepistö (artist); Durk Dehner (ToFF President);
Timo Soppel (Director, MUU Gallery); Laura Kokko (Project Coordinator,
Finnish Comics Museum);
Minna Sirnö (Director, Arts Promotion Centre Finland)
The opening of the comics exhibition “Tom of Finland:
Dirty Frames” attracted a capacity crowd at Helsinki’s MUU
Galleria, with many attendees needing to cool off outdoors. Durk Dehner,
Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) president, later praised the launch
as the best opening of a Tom of Finland exhibition that he had attended,
with ToFF Vice President, S. R. Sharp, adding: “Everyone was laughing
and totally enjoying it!”
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