Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen)


1920Born as Touko Valio Laaksonen in Kaarina, Finland
1957First publication of his works under the pseudonym Tom of Finland
1991Died in Helsinki, Finland

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation, House of Illustration, London, England
2020Tom of Finland: The Darkroom, Fotografiska Tallinn, Tallinn, Estonia
2018TOM House: The Work and Life of Tom of Finland, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, USA
2017The Man Behind Tom of Finland: Loves and Lives, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, Germany
Touko Laaksonen: The Man Behind Tom of Finland. Ecce Homo – The Preliminary Drawings, Galerie Judin, Berlin, Germany
2015/16Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play, Artists Space, New York City, USA; Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland
2015Tom of Finland: Early Work 1944–1972, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2014Sealed with a Secret: Correspondence of Tom of Finland, Postal Museum, Tampere, Finland
2012Tom of Finland, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
2011Tom of Finland, Logomo – The Centre of Culture, Turku, Finland
2006Tom of Finland, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
1999Tom of Finland, Jyväskylä Art Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland
1994Tom of Finland, Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany
1993Tom of Finland, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany
1992Tom of Finland: A Memorial Retrospective, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, USA
1976Originalzeichnungen und Gemälde aus “The Loggers” von Tom of Finland, Revolt Shop, Hamburg, Germany

Group Exhibitions since 2008

2019Camp: Notes on Fashion, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA
2019Art & Porn, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark and ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark
2019The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection, MOCA: The Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA
2016Desire, Moore Building, Miami, USA
2015Slash: In Between the Normative and the Fantasy, kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia
2014Abandon the Parents, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
2013Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper), Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Great Britain
2013Rare and Raw. The 2013 Queer Caucus Exhibition for the College Art Association, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, USA
2012We the People, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York, USA
2011Comics Stripped, Museum of Sex, New York, USA
2009/10/11Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
2009The Collectors, The Danish and the Nordic Pavilions, La Biennale di Venezia – 53rd International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy
2008Pre-Revolutionary Queer: Gay Art and Culture Before Stonewall, The Kinsey Institute Gallery, Bloomington (Indiana), USA
2008Homotopia CUC Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, Great Britain
2008Glossolalia: Languages of Drawing, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Selected Collections

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, USA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, USA

Selected Publications

2017Tom’s Men. Edited by Juerg Judin and Pay Matthis Karstens. Text by Juerg Judin and Pay Matthis Karstens. Berlin: Edition Judin
2016Tom House. Edited by Michael Reynolds. Text by Mayer Rus. New York: Rizzioli
2012F. Valentine Hooven, Durk Dehner and S. R. Sharp: Tom of Finland – Life and Work of a Gay Hero. Berlin: Bruno Gmünder
2009Tom of Finland XXL. Edited by Dian Hanson. Texts by Edward Lucie-Smith, Camille Anna Paglia, Armistead Maupin, Todd Oldham and John Waters. Köln: Taschen
2006Berndt Arell and Kati Mustola, Tom of Finland: Ennennäkemätöntä – Unforeseen, Helsinki: Like / Kustantaja
1992F. Valentine Hooven: Tom of Finland – His Life and Times. New York: Saint Martins Press