Tom of Finland exhibition’s auxiliary program

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The Finnish Institute in Japan organizes an auxiliary program in conjunction with the Tom of Finland exhibition that will be held at the Gallery X at Parco Shibuya September 18th – October 5th, 2020. The program consists of lectures that will give highlight the multitalented artist’s art from different perspectives. The audience will also have the possibility to ask questions after each lecture.

Lectures are held at 18:00-19:30PM (lecture 18-19:00 and Q & A for 30 minutes) online in ZOOM (

Lectures will be in English and interpreted in Japanese and they are free of charge.


September 18th, 2020:
The Heavenly Creatures of Lust – The Male Body made desirable in Tom of Finland’s Drawings
Dr Juha-Heikki Tihinen / Curator, Pro Artibus Foundation, Finland
Attention: this lecture starts at 17:00PM

September 23rd, 2020:
There’s always a meaning in a seemingly meaningless landscape – the National romanticism in Tom of Finland’s drawings
Dr Anna-Maria Wiljanen / Director, Finnish Institute in Japan

September 25th, 2020:
Tom of Finland’s Long and Winding Road to the Center of the Art World
Dr Leena-Maija Rossi, Senior Lecturer, Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki, Finland

September 29th, 2020:
Tom of Finland Foundation – Protecting, Preserving, and Promoting Art For Over Three Decades
Durk Dehner / President & Cofounder, Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, USA
Valentine Hooven / Author of Tom of Finland, The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero 

October 2nd, 2020:
Before Gucci and Gaultier, there was Tom of Finland”. On the legacy of Tom of Finland to fashion
Dr Annamari Vänskä /Adjunct Professor, Department of Design, Aalto University, Finland

October 5th, 2020:
From Under the Counter to the Gallery Walls – The Impact of Tom of Finland
BA Pasi Järvinen / Project manager, Finnish Institute in Japan



September 30th, 2020:

Your happiness is my happiness – a discussion about the LGBT rights in Japan
Participants: Georgie Ichikawa and Kazue Chan. Moderator: Anna-Maria Wiljanen.

Starting at 18:00



15-1 Udagawacho

Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0042


MOVIE SCREENINGS Tom of Finland (2017)
Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture: Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds postwar Helsinki rampant with homophobic persecution, and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhabitations. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.
Director: Dome Karukoski
RUNNING TIME: 1h 56 min
2017 / Finland / Sweden / Denmark / Germany
© Helsinki-filmi Oy, 2017

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SATELLITE EXHIBITION An ode to Tom of Finland

The Container Gallery, Nakameguro​
Presenting Japanese artists inspired by Tom’s works: Gengoroh Tagame, Goh Mishima, Jiraiya


The auxiliary program may be subject to changes.