Date(s) - 28th Apr 2023 - 29th Oct 2023
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
JACK SHEAR Tom at TOM House, Los Angeles, 1984
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.
Untitled, 1969, Collection of John Morace & Tom Kennedy, Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Untitled (“3 Dare Devils”), 1962, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Tom Nicoll
Buddies, 1973, Private collection, Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Untitled (From a series commissioned by Magazine), 1984, Miettinen Collection, Berlin-Helsinki
Untitled (From Circus), 1975, Collection of Mark Grotjahn, Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Untitled (From Pekka – Camping), 1976, Collection of Graham Steele & Ulysses de Santi, Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Untitled (Preparatory for finished drawing #80.09, Durk Dehner as model), 1980, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection
Untitled, c. 1966-1990, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection
Untitled (Preparatory drawing for cover of Kake – Greasy Rider), 1978, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection
INSTALL PHOTOS BY PETRI VIRTANEN
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Tom of Finland is a seminal figure of 20th century art and visual culture. The narrative starting point of the exhibition on display at Kiasma was the life stages of Tom of Finland (8th May 1920-7th November 1991), through which his activities were examined over six decades. Key events and places included his… View Article
Durk Dehner, president and cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation, and more recently Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland, on finding the meaning of life by working for the Finnish artist and his legacy. Culturalist: Hi, Durk! Or after you received a knighthood in Finland, should I call you… View Article
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OPENING EVENTS AT KIASMA PHOTOS BY PIRJE MYKKÄNEN HEAD OF PHOTOGRAPHY FINNISH NATIONAL GALLERY
29th April | 1-2p | With museum ticket 2nd June | 7-8p | Free admission 1st September | 5:45-6:40p | Free admission 16+ 1991, 55 minutes Starring: Tom of Finland, Isaac Julien, Bob Mizer, Nayland Blake, Etienne, Durk Dehner Written and directed by: Ilppo Pohjola Cinematography: Kjell Lagerroos Rostrum photography:… View Article
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28th Apr 2023 – 26th Nov 2023 @ All Day – Viewing hours Tuesday–Friday 10a-8:30p Saturday 10a–6p Sunday 10a–5p Closed Monday Dreamy Queer Imaginaries Dreamy – Queer Imaginaeries from Museum’s collection, aiming at underlining the continuities between past and present practices dealing with LGBTQI+ identities, historicizing recent practices and signaling Tom of Finland’s pioneering agency. Liberation from conventions The […]
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HELSINKI (AP) — A new exhibition showing the works of Tom of Finland adds a personal touch to the late Finnish artist whose homoerotic drawings of muscular men gained a following in the Gay community from the 1950s. TOM OF FINLAND Bold Journey, which opens Friday at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma… View Article
The Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki, discusses the artist’s icon status and the challenges of presenting his work at a public institution. Tom of Finland built a cult following with what he liked to call his “dirty drawings”. His illustrations of muscular men in circulation-strangling clothing found… View Article
From radical women artists to experimental theatre and rousing cinema, here are our recommendations for an exceptional month Bold Journey at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki: 28th April–29th October, 2023 Tom of Finland is taking centre stage at Helsinki’s Kiasma museum, which will delve deep into both the groundbreaking artist’s… View Article
Tom of Finland is one of the most recognized Finnish artists in the world, renowned for his signature style and iconic images. The exhibition, opening on 28th April in the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki highlights Tom of Finland’s artistic mastery, establishing him as a major figure in 20th-century contemporary art… View Article
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