The UK’s first public solo show dedicated to gay cultural icon and prolific artist Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen 1920-1991), in partnership with Tom of Finland Foundation and the Finnish Institute in London.
This timely exhibition, on the centenary of the artist’s birth, celebrates Tom of Finland 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.
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. It will include early drawings of men fighting that constituted the only legal way to show physical contact between men before decriminalisation, as well as illustrations from his iconic Kake comics and rare linocuts produced in very limited editions.
|06 March 2020 - 21 June 2020
|Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5.30pm, Sunday 11am-5.30pm. Closed Monday
|House of Illustration
|2 Granary Square, London, N1C 4BH
|020 3696 2020 / email@example.com / www.houseofillustration.org.uk