TOM OF FINLAND The Darkroom

21st February 2020, 12:00 am
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Date(s) - 21st Feb 2020 - 19th Apr 2020
All Day

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Fotografiska Tallinn

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TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled (Durk), 1982, Silver gelatin print, © 1982-2020 Tom of Finland Foundation

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. He is known for his homoerotic art and for his influence on modern day culture. Over the course of four decades, he produced nearly 3,500 drawings and paintings, mostly featuring men. This exhibition is the first to focus on Tom’s photographs, in combination with his drawings, showing his artistic process and produced by Fotografiska in collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation on the occasion of the artist’s birth 100 years ago.


Curator Berndt Arell on Tom’s photography and “The Darkroom”

Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen, 1920-1991), had a long and international career. Today he’s primarily known as a creator of drawings, his principal medium being graphite, and few are aware that he was also an active and multifaceted photographer. This exhibition is the first one to focus on Tom as a photographer, simultaneously emphasizing… View Article

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