Tom of Finland lectures ONLINE

18th September 2020, 12:00 am

Date(s) - 18th Sep 2020 - 5th Oct 2020
All Day





6:00-7:30p (Toyko time)
Lecture 1 hour followed by 1/2 hour Q&A












Lectures will be in English
and interpreted into Japanese.


18th September
The Heavenly Creatures of Lust – The Male Body made desirable in Tom of Finland’s Drawings
Dr Juha-Heikki Tihinen / Curator, Pro Artibus Foundation, Finland
NOTE: This lecture starts at 5:00p

23rd September
There’s always a meaning in a seemingly meaningless landscape – the National romanticism in Tom of Finland’s drawings
Dr Anna-Maria Wiljanen / Director, Finnish Institute in Japan

25th September
Tom of Finland’s Long and Winding Road to the Center of the Art World
Dr Leena-Maija Rossi, Senior Lecturer, Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki, Finland

29th September
Flipping pages – Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero
Durk Dehner / President & Cofounder, Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
F. Valentine Hooven III / Author, The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero, Palm Springs, USA

2nd October
Before Gucci and Gaultier, there was Tom of Finland”. On the legacy of Tom of Finland to fashion
Dr Annamari Vänskä /Adjunct Professor, Department of Design, Aalto University, Finland

5th October
Under the counter to the gallery walls – The Impact of Tom of Finland
BA Pasi Järvinen / Project manager, Finnish Institute in Japan

The first exhibition in Japan of the works of the iconic Finnish artist Tom of Finland

  The exhibition puts emphasis on Tom of Finland’s role in promoting sensual and erotic depictions of the male body as a catalyst for social change and the acceptance of gay people, while facing a legal and social reality they were fighting to change. Delving into a world of fantasy, with sexual freedom, Tom depicted… View Article

About Tom of Finland

ABOUT TOM OF FINLAND The Life of the Artist Tom of Finland is the artist name of Finnish Touko Laaksonen (1920, Kaarina – 1991, Helsinki). He signed his erotic work “Tom”, and when his drawings were first published in 1957, the now world-famous “Tom of Finland” was born. “Touko Laaksonen” was kept for family and… View Article

“TOM OF FINLAND: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero” releases September

  Avant-garde, provocative, subversive and rebellious – Tom of Finland stamped history with his recognizable artistic style. A virtuoso of drawing, he fashioned the silhouette of a new Gay man – strong, confident, joyful and assertive – fully participating in the visibility and recognition of the nascent Homosexual movement. With text authorized by the artist… View Article

Published: 18th September 2020

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