“TOM OF FINLAND Love and Liberation” opens in London

3rd January 2020, 12:27 pm

The UK’s first public exhibition dedicated solely to gay cultural icon Tom of Finland on the centenary of his birth.
Curated by Olivia Ahmad


The Finnish artist, known for his subversive, sexualised portraits of sailors, policeman and bulging leather-clad bikers, will be remembered in a far-reaching retrospective at London’s House of Illustration to celebrate the centenary of his birth.


Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation will display 40 works on paper produced from the 1960s to the 1980s, both before and after homosexuality was decriminalised in much of Europe and the U.S.


Tom of Finland drew popular acclaim for his highly stylised homoerotic illustrations, which cunningly circumvented restrictive censorship laws of the 1950s and ’60s.

“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 […]

Published: 3rd January 2020

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