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City Of Helsinki Celebrates Tom Of Finland  
User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

The Helsinki City Art Museum (The Kluuvi Gallery) opens 21th of June the exhibition of the Tom of Finland with more than 100 originals, the largest in Finland so far.
Tom of Finland (Mr Touko Laaksonen in real life)) died 15y ago in Finland, he still is perhaps the most well know Finnish artist outside Finland. At least all gay men 40+ have heard the name  Smile
The exhibition is open till 3rd of September.
Well done HEL, that's the way how to spend tax money!

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User currently offlineA319XFW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1530 times:

Isn't Alvar Aalto the more famous artist.
But perhaps it's because I'm a) Not over 40 and b) Not gay Big grin


User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1530 times:

Cool....

There is a Tom of Finland boxed set that's a hot seller at Barnes & Noble (where I work part time).



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

I love Tom's work...Wish I cold go to the exhibition.

User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

Quoting A319XFW (Reply 1):
Isn't Alvar Aalto the more famous artist.

Ok, maybe good old Alvar is a bigger name but Tom sure has sold better  Smile


User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

I guess you take fame where you can get it. My mom & sis were inadvertently introduced to Tom of Finland when a BF gave me a Tom of Finland collection for Christmas. Sister thought it was cool, mom just blushed, but I did notice her stealing a few peeks when she thought no one was looking!


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

Quoting Searpqx (Reply 5):
mom just blushed

I can just imagine!!!  Wink  Wink  Wink


User currently offlinePelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2531 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

I had not heard of Tom of Finland before. But I had to look, because I'm going to visit Finland for the first time in June. A brief google search revealed it's not exactly the art I would put in my home though.  Wink
But then I bet there are many fans of Tom of Finland on a.net...

I still think Alvar Aalto is the most renown Finnish artist outside Finland.

pelican


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1507 times:

I have been just wondering where he found the models for his early works, haven't really met many Finnish guys like that... Toms are rare here  banghead  Wild imagination?

User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1500 times:

Quoting Andaman (Reply 8):
Toms are rare here

In my 20+ years of experience, "Toms" are rare just about everywhere. The guy def. had a fertile imagination (among other things).



"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1486 times:

Well Tom of Finland is most of all good camp, I am happy Tom's old home town has noticed his value too.

User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5731 posts, RR: 31
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1478 times:

I remember being in Frankfurt with a friend years ago, in a bar called (I think) Die Stalle. There was a slide show of Tom's drawings projected on the wall. We poked fun at them and I remember saying that nobody would have a head shaped like that (slanting forward from the neck). With that a guy walked in with a head exactly the same.

We cracked up.


User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 11):
Die Stalle

The Stall is a Frankfort landmark! And yes, they and Tom of Finland go hand in hand - he would have felt right at home!



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