12th September 2020, 11:00 am
Date(s) - 12th Sep 2020 - 19th Dec 2020
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday – Saturday or by appointment
TOM OF FINLAND Untitled, 1974, Graphite on paper, ©1974-2020 Tom of Finland Foundation Commissioned by Harald Tangermann and Peter Daun for Toms Saloon in Berlin
Tom’s first ever exhibition was in Hamburg in 1976 and he did many commissions for German clients. The gallery has recreated this first show and devoted a publication to these seminal years.
Through his iconic drawings, Tom of Finland almost single-handedly changed the way Gay men were perceived by society, and – maybe even more importantly – how Gay men perceived themselves. The artist, who died in 1991, would have turned 100 this year.
PURCHASE THE CATALOGUE
Rising to fame under the pseudonym Tom of Finland, Touko Laaksonen (1920—1991) is perhaps the most famous and influential Finnish artist of the 20th century. His iconic depiction of proud and life-affirming gayness provided decisive impulses for the international gay movements from the 1960s onwards. But although we instinctively associate his sensuous portrayals of self-confident… View Article
Features interviews with Galerie Judin and Tom of Finland Foundation in honor of #TOMs100 and the recreation of Tom’s first solo show in 1976 that opens later this year in Berlin.
SEE PHOTOS FROM THE OPENING
Tom of Finland | Made in Germany | Galerie Judin | 12.09.-19.12.2020
Tom of Finland – Made in Germany
…Tom’s drawings − that had largely been regarded as mere reproduction material − began their triumphal march around the globe as works of art. If, today, we understand Tom of Finland as an artist rather than as a commercial illustrator with a penchant for pornography, then this appreciation, too, is Made in Germany.
Sailors, lumberjacks, policemen, cowboys, motorcyclists. 100 years after his birth, the artist who most influenced gay culture in the twentieth century. In 1976 the unlikely happened: two fans, owners of a pornographic shop in Hamburg – the Revolt Press Bookstore – organize Tom’s first show. It is not pornography, now it is art. An exhibition… View Article
PHOTOS BY HENNING VON BERG
12th September 2020
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