Tom of Finland – Made in Germany

13th September 2020, 10:44 am


Anlässlich des 100. Geburtstags von Tom of Finland widmet die Berliner Galerie Judin der Beziehung des Künstlers zu Deutschland eine museale Ausstellung mit mehr als 60 internationalen Leihgaben – von denen viele erstmals öffentlich präsentiert werden.

Although we clearly associate Tom of Finland’s lustful portraits of self-confident cops, cowboys, farmers and men in black leather with the USA, Tom’s rise as a gay icon did not begin in his native Finland or in the USA. Of all conceivable places, it was precisely the north German Hamburg and outstanding personalities of the local gay scene that led to the artist’s very first exhibition, a bar named after him and furnished with his works, two murals and the creation of the world’s largest collection since the 1970s of his works came into private hands. Regular orders for advertising material for gay events in the Hanseatic city allowed Tom to quit his job in an advertising agency – and become a freelance artist.




1976, 2020 – Tom back in Germany

Ris­ing to fame under the pseudonym Tom of Fin­land, Touko Laakso­nen (1920—1991) is per­haps the most famous and influ­en­tial Finnish artist of the 20th century. His iconic depic­tion of proud and life-affirm­ing gay­ness pro­vided deci­sive impulses for the interna­tional gay move­ments from the 1960s onwards. But although we instinc­tively asso­ciate his sensu­ous por­tray­als of self-confi­dent… View Article

Published: 13th September 2020

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