Tom of Finland Foundation President & Cofounder Durk Dehner receives knighthood in Finland

23rd May 2023, 6:18 pm


Durk Dehner, Knight of the Order of the Lion of Finland / PHOTO: TERO PUHA


Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) President and Cofounder Durk Dehner has been knighted by the Chancery of the Orders of the White Rose of Finland and the Lion of Finland. The Order of the Lion of Finland is awarded in recognition of outstanding civilian or military conduct, and the President of the Republic of Finland has the exclusive right to confer their decorations as Grand Master of the Orders. Dehner received the honor from Paula Parviainen, Ambassador for Culture and Creative Industries, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Dehner’s knighthood is given on the occasion of the new Tom of Finland exhibition Bold Journey, which opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma on 28th April.

Durk sCeremony 5 photo credit Kirsikka Lyhteila

Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) President & Cofounder Durk Dehner with the Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin. Photo credit Kirsikka Lyhteilä.

“…We want to acknowledge the lifetime work of Durk Dehner and everything he has done for Finland and human rights,” says Paula Parviainen.







TOM OF FINLAND “Bold Journey”

28th Apr 2023 – 29th Oct 2023 @ All Day –           Viewing hours Tuesday–Friday 10a-8:30p Saturday 10a–6p Sunday 10a–5p Closed Monday   Showcasing the works and life story of Tom of Finland, one of the world’s best-known Finnish artists. Masculine beauty The characters in Tom of Finland’s drawings – lumberjacks, bikers, soldiers and policemen – exude vitality, joy and pride. Their […]

Published: 23rd May 2023

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