Date(s) - 12th Sep 2020 - 19th Dec 2020
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
UPDATE 14th DECEMBER: The gallery has had to close for the next COVID lockdown in Germany (five days before the exhibition was scheduled to end). Even still, a record breaking number were able to visit during the run. You are invited to purchase a catalogue (below) as a way to view this handsome show. INQUIRIES
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.
“Producing this book was an absolute inevitability, triggered by the research we had undertaken for what started out as a modest exhibition about Tom of Finland’s early collectors and companions. Little did we know that the wealth of information that we would gather from many of the key figures of those crucial years would enable us to rewrite the story of the birth of an artist.” -Juerg Judin and Pay Matthis Karstens⠀
Tom of Finland: Made in Germany, edited by Juerg Judin and Pay Matthis Karstens, Milan: Skira Editore 2020. ⠀
…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.
PHOTOS BY HENNING VON BERG
Published: 12th September 2020
Categorised in: Exhibitions - TOM