Turku (Finland), European capital of culture in 2011 will see an extensive retrospective of Tom of Finland’s work. The exhibition will run from the 16th of January to the 18th of December 2011 at Logomo.
From the Turku2011 website:
The legendary homoerotic works of Tom of Finland have become iconic stereotypes of masculine gay men throughout the world. Many people will be surprised to learn that arguably the most internationally acclaimed Finnish artist comes from Kaarina, a neighbouring town to Turku. Now, Tom of Finland alias Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991) is coming home!
The Homotopia organisation (from Liverpool in the UK) will provide Turku with an extensive collection of Tom of Finland’s works, from sketches made during his early years to later works. The works in the exhibition will come from the Tom of Finland Foundation collection in Los Angeles. Along with the exhibition, public lectures will take place on queer culture and its associated visual arts.