With a focus on AllTogether, an exhibition with works from Tom of Finland Foundation’s permanent collection, The Community will present the exhibition catalogue at Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival 2022 to continue paying tribute to the social and cultural impact of Tom of Finland Foundation, which has constantly offered an open and unique space of freedom and love to its community of artists.

AllTogether: A Conversation with Durk Dehner and The Community. Stories from the largest erotic art collection in the world.
Sunday, 9 October 12 PM

Saturday, 8 October 12 PM - 7 PM
Sunday, 9 October 11 AM - 7 PM

Second Home Spitalfields
68 Hanbury Street
London E1 5JL

On the occasion of Tom of Finland’s birthday (8th May 1920), Tom of Finland Foundation and The Community curated AllTogether, an exhibition with works from Tom of Finland Foundation’s permanent collection, presented to the public for the first time outside of Los Angeles. AllTogether comprised two parallel yet distinct exhibitions, the first opening in Venice on 23rd April 2022 and the second in Paris on 8th May 2022. Both shows ran through 26th June 2022.

To mark this unprecedented exhibition, a fully illustrated 304-page exhibition catalogue was published containing the works of 80 artists from the collection, a preface by co-curator Sini Rinne-Kanto, an essay by Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou on erotic art, and interviews by Kristian Vistrup Madsen, Michael Bullock, and Miss Rosen with Durk Dehner, and artists Gio Black Peter, Rick Castro, Silvia Prada, and Stanley Stellar.

For thirty years, Tom of Finland Foundation has assembled the most extensive collection of LGBTQ+ art in the world. Durk Dehner and Tom of Finland co-founded the Foundation in 1984 to preserve and promote Tom’s work. The Foundation’s role quickly expanded to promoting and archiving the work of other queer artists: the Foundation’s early years coincided with the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Many of his erotic artists of the time, some of whom worked anonymously throughout their lives, feared that their work would be forgotten or destroyed after their death. They donated their life’s works to the Foundation, knowing that they would be carefully archived and their stories preserved.

The Community at Tom of Finland Foundation Arts and Culture Festival in London 2022

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