TOM OF FINLAND “Bold Journey”28th April 2023, 12:00 am
Date(s) - 28th Apr 2023 - 29th Oct 2023
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Showcasing the works and life story of Tom of Finland, one of the world’s best-known Finnish artists.
The characters in Tom of Finland’s drawings – lumberjacks, bikers, soldiers and policemen – exude vitality, joy and pride. Their leather gear and uniforms are portrayed with the same exquisite attention to detail as their muscular physiques. In his drawings, men connect with one another through erotic-laden gazes, gestures and postures. The artist drew to arouse desire, initially for his own private pleasure, and later for an expanding world of fans.
Tom of Finland developed exquisite drawing skills. His influence is seen in the work of many notable artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Mike Kelley and Jean-Paul Gaultier. They were among the first to recognize the artistic value of Tom’s drawings, which have later toured the world in exhibitions.
Bold Journey is structured around his biography and the characters and settings that he created. Also shown are drawings from the artist’s childhood and a wealth of archival material. As part of the exhibition, visitors are welcome to take a virtual tour of TOM House in Los Angeles, where Tom wintered during the last decade of his life.
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Published: 28th April 2023
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