Tom of Finland 100 Years – Celebrating the Internationally Renowned Finnish Artist and Liberator PODCAST

9th May 2020, 7:23 pm

The Finnish Diplomatic Missions in the US produce a Suomi–Finland Podcast series in English.

Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen, 8th May 1920 – 7th November 1991) has long been recognized as one of the 20th century’s great visual innovators. His erotic art assumes a key role in the art historical discourse, as well as occupying a place in every corner of the popular imagination.

This episode celebrates the 100th anniversary since Tom’s birth and reflects on his immeasurable legacy spanning art, society and popular culture. This time, you will hear from Finland at the West Coast as Trade Commissioner Trainee Matti Myllyaho at the Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles visited the TOM House in LA’s Echo Park for a chat with Durk Dehner and S.R. Sharp from the Tom of Finland Foundation.


Tom of Finland Foundation, founded by Tom and Durk Dehner in 1984, is dedicated to preserving Tom’s legacy and supporting erotic art since 1984. The artist’s former shared residence is now a Historic-Cultural Monument in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.


Tom’s room in TOM House Photo by Martyn Thompson for Tom of Finland in Los Angeles


Published: 9th May 2020

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