Andaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1700 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
The exhibition is open till 3rd of September.
Well done HEL, that's the way how to spend tax money!
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1685 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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Pelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2533 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1679 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.
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.
Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5983 posts, RR: 31
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1642 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.