Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation

The UK’s first public exhibition dedicated solely to gay cultural icon Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen) on the centenary of his birth.

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"An artist who gives filth a good name." The Guardian. "A fitting tribute to a true pioneer. Mind the bulge." The Face

This timely exhibition celebrates the artist 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.

It will feature iconic, previously unseen drawings from Tom of Finland Foundation’s collection – unabashed tributes to gay sexuality and identity which continue to have an outsize influence today.

Part of #TOMs100.

This exhibition contains sexually explicit imagery, including some images that could be interpreted as sexually violent, and may not be suitable for all visitors. Under 18s can only enter the gallery with an accompanying adult.

Generously supported by The Finnish Institute in London.