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Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation

This timely exhibition celebrated 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.

Untitled, 1981 © Tom of Finland, the Tom of Finland Foundation

It was the UK’s first public exhibition dedicated solely to gay cultural icon Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen), and featured iconic, previously unseen drawings from Tom of Finland Foundation’s collection.

These unabashed tributes to gay sexuality and identity continue to have an outsize influence today.

"An artist who gives filth a good name." The Guardian (

"A fitting tribute to a true pioneer. Mind the bulge." The Face (

Co-curated by Durk Dehner, Director and Co-Founder of Tom of Finland Foundation

Part of #TOMs100

Generously supported by The Finnish Institute in London