Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation
6 March – 28 June 2020
Exhibited at the House of Illustration
The UK’s first public exhibition dedicated solely to gay cultural icon Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen) on the centenary of his birth.
This exhibition celebrated the artist whose unique aesthetic and homoerotic visions had a profound impact on the likes of Queen and the Village People – despite living and working in a country where both homosexuality and pornography were illegal.
It featured iconic, previously unseen drawings from Tom of Finland Foundation’s collection – unabashed tributes to gay sexuality and identity which continue to have an outsize influence today.
Selected reviews and articles
"The exhibition carefully contextualises Tom of Finland’s art and its place in queer history..."
Untitled drawing, 1972.
Portrait of Tom's long-term partner Durk, 1980.
Exhibition view of Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation at House of Illustration.
Display view of Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation at House of Illustration.