“Freedom of Sexpression: Pride, Comics and Tom of Finland” ONLINE

5th March 2021, 11:35 pm






TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled (From Kake vol. 16 – “Sex on the Train”), 1974, Pen and ink on paper, 10.75” x 7.88”, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, ©1974 Tom of Finland Foundation


Enjoy comics expert Paul Gravett and Tom of Finland Foundation President Durk Dehner in conversation.

TOM OF FINLAND, Portrait of Durk, 1980, Graphite on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1980-2020 Tom of Finland Foundation



Gravett and Dehner discuss Tom of Finland’s work in publishing, books and comics.
They explore the tension between Tom’s comics of the 1940s,
before censorship laws changed, and his later, more explicit work.

Durk Dehner is the President of Tom of Finland Foundation, which he cofounded with Tom of Finland himself. He co-curated the current exhibition Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation.

Paul Gravett is a curator, lecturer, journalist and broadcaster whose work appears in The GuardianThe TimesThe IndependentThe Daily Telegraph and The Times Literary Supplement. He co-curated two House of Illustration exhibitions: Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective in 2019 and Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics in 2016.

To find out more about Tom of Finland, take a look at the Love and Liberation exhibition catalogue, extracted from his official biography, Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero by F. Valentine Hooven 

“TOM OF FINLAND Love and Liberation” CLOSED due to pandemic

6th Mar 2020 – 27th Jun 2020 @ All Day –           House of Illustration’s current site at King’s Cross, which has been closed since March due to the pandemic, will not reopen however; since its launch in 2014, it has hosted shows dedicated to artists such as Posy Simmonds and Tom of Finland. “Very sadly, we will not be able to […]

Tom of Finland Virtual Exhibition Tour

                  A recorded presentation by one of the co-curators of TOM OF FINLAND: Love and Liberation. “We were so, so proud and excited to be showing the work of gay cultural icon Tom of Finland back in March… and so, so gutted when the coronavirus pandemic meant… View Article

Experience the guided tour first hand

Durk Dehner, cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation invites you through a one-on-one tour around the UK’s first public exhibition dedicated to the late king of gay erotica. Dehner takes us on a guided video trip around the House of Illustration, covering the backstories and legacies of each of the 70 pieces which make up… View Article

The perfect way to celebrate the king of gay erotica

A rubber doll, a Cock Destroyer, and Philip Treacy walk into a bar… No this isn’t your idea of gay heaven, but the best sort of way to spend a Thursday evening courtesy of 10 Men and Tom of Finland Foundation. Thursday night we made our way down to the basement of the London Edition… View Article

Published: 5th March 2021

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