On the occasion of Tom of Finland’s birthday (8 May 1920), Tom of Finland Foundation and The Community have curated AllTogether, a group exhibition supported by Diesel, presenting Tom of Finland Foundation’s permanent collection to the public for the first time outside of Los Angeles.

AllTogether explores the erotic art collection consisting of thousands of artworks, spanning multiple decades and encompassing all media and techniques. This exhibition is possible because of the Foundation’s efforts in preserving the work of queer artists, many of whom have faced discrimination and misrepresentation due to the nature of what they create.

For over thirty years, Tom of Finland Foundation has been building the world’s most extensive collection of LGBTQ+ art. Durk Dehner and Tom of Finland cofounded Tom of Finland Foundation in 1984 with the aim to better preserve and promote Tom’s work. However, quickly the Foundation’s role extended to promoting and archiving the works of other queer artists: the early years of Foundation coincided with the onset of the AIDS epidemic. Many erotic artists of the time, some working anonymously throughout their career, were concerned that their work would be forgotten or destroyed after their deaths. Thus, they donated their life’s work to Foundation, knowing it would be carefully archived and their stories preserved. AllTogether acknowledges the profound social and cultural impact Tom’s Foundation has made, in providing an open, unique space of freedom and love for this community of artists.

Usually witnessed hung on the walls of TOM House in Los Angeles, the diverse curation highlights the stories of over seventy featured artists. AllTogether inaugurates at Studio Cannaregio in Venice, Italy, on 23 April coinciding with the opening weekend of the Venice Biennale. A second distinct exhibition will open at The Community Centre in Paris on 8 May. Both run through 26 June. The two shows comprise more than two hundred works of art from the 1940s to the present day.

“It’s always has been my vision to have an international exhibition with the amazing artists from the Foundation’s rich collection. That day has arrived and I am very pleased it has come to fruition thanks to The Community and Glenn Martens of Diesel.”
— Durk Dehner, President and Cofounder of Tom of Finland Foundation

AllTogether encapsulates the bonds of community where interchange inspires others to create or collect art that represents their own definition of beauty.

VENICE
Studio Cannaregio
23 April to 26 June 2022
Calle de le Conterie, 1345/D
30121 Venezia VE, Italy

Tuesday – Sunday
10 AM – 6 PM

PARIS
The Community Centre
8 May to 26 June 2022
9 Rue Méhul
93500 Pantin, France

Thursday – Saturday
12 PM – 8 PM
Sunday
12 PM – 6 PM

On the occasion of the exhibition, Tom of Finland Foundation, The Community and Diesel will publish a fully illustrated catalogue with an introduction by curator Sini Rinne-Kanto, an essay by Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou, and interviews by Kristian Vistrup Madsen, Michael Bullock, and Miss Rosen with Durk Dehner, Gio Black Peter, Rick Castro, Silvia Prada, and Stanley Stellar.

ARTISTS

A. J. Epstein
Al Urban
Andre
Annie Sprinke
Attila Richard Lukacs
Aurélien Nobécourt-Arras
Bastille
Benôit Prévot
Bob Mizer
Bruce Rapp
Carrington Galen
Chris Johnson
Dave Pibel
Domino
Don Bachardy
E.M.A. Studio
Emma Kohlmann
Etienne
Florian Hetz
George Quaintance
Gio Black Peter
Goh Mishima
Gregory Maskwa
Heather Benjamin
Hector Silva
Hiroshi Shimoyama
Jay Jorgensen
Jean Ferraro
Jess Scott
Jim French
Jim Shaw
John Waters
Johnny Smith
Kenny Knutson
Kenneth Anger
Link
Marcel Alcalá
Marcello Lupetti
Matt Lambert
Michael Kirwan
Michael Reynolds
& Martyn Thompson
Michel Laguerre
Miguel Angel Reyes
Mike Kuchar
Minoru
Mr Gruts
Nigel Kent
Olaf
Orsen
Palanca
Patrick Lee
Peter Berlin
Philip Core
Phuc Le
R. Daniel Foster
Rex
Rick Castro
Rinaldo Hopf
Rob Clarke
Sal Salandra
Seth Bogart
Sheree Rose
Silvia Prada
Simon Haas
Slava Mogutin
Stanley Stellar
Steven Reigns
Stuart Sandford
Sultan
Susanna Luoto
Suzanne Shifflett
Tank
Teddy of Paris
The Hun
Tom of Finland
Valentine
Victor Arimondi
Viktoria Raykova
Xavier Gicquel