Tom of Finland - DIRTY FRAMES exhibition opens in August
Touko Laaksonen (8.5.1920- 7.11.1991) the artist behind Tom of Finland is one of the most notable internationally acclaimed Finnish artists. The Finnish Comics Society granted Laaksonen the Puupäähattu in 1990, the most prestigious Finnish comics award.
Tom of Finland's work is mostly characterized as homoerotic illustrations. During his career he drew thousands of comics of which the most famous are his Kake series. To Laaksonen fresh artistic expression was familiar since childhood for he had started drawing comics from a very young age adapting Finnish comics like Kalle Viksari among others.
DIRTY FRAMES presents you the comics by Touko Laaksonen in the same spirit that Tom of Finland is known for, without shame or reserve. In addition works by other internationally acclaimed homoerotic comics artists will be on display. Exhibition includes artists Benoit Prevo, Bill Ward, Etienne, The Hun, Michael Kirwan, Joe Phillips, Studio Splatter, Thor Of Sweden.
The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the artist´s own foundation Tom of Finland Foundation, The Arts Promotion Centre Finland, The Finnish Comics Society and Finnish Comics Museum. The exhibition is part of the Seta's 40th anniversary year and it's curated by Regional Artis on Comics, Solja Järvenpää.
The exhibition is not applicable for children.
Exhibition is open 29.8-28.9.2014
Tue - Fri 12.00 - 17.00, Sat - Sun 12.00 - 16.00
Sealed with a Secret - Correspondence of Tom of Finland exhibition opens 6th of September in Vapriikki, Tampere. The exhibition exposes Touko Laaksonen´s personal profile through his correspondence.
The 29th Helsinki Comics Festival 5.-7.9.2014 celebrates Queer Comics as one of festival´s theme.
Regional Artist on Comics, Solja Järvenpää
tfn +358 295 330 806, solja.jarvenpaa(a)minedu.fi