Tom of Finland


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Known as a pioneer for gay culture Touko Laaksonen (1920‒1991) is a fascinating part of Finland’s cultural history. Through his astonishing life’s work Touko Laaksonen is today one of Finland’s internationally best-known artists, Tom of Finland is a renowned brand and his art remains unparalleled.

Coming out to the world from Turku’s neighbouring town of Kaarina, the artist’s legacy is reflected in many ways in Turku 2017 through the centennial programme for Finnish independence. Turku City Theatre will premiere the Tom of Finland musical, and at the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum you can see Touko Laaksonen’s life and life’s work on display in the exhibition Touko Laaksonen – Tom of Finland. Of Music and Men. Currently being shown in theatres around the country is the Tom of Finland movie directed by Dome Karukoski, which received great appreciation at, for example, the Gothenburg film festival in January. The stages of its making and the background story to the movie form the unique exhibition Behind the Scenes: Tom of Finland Movie, available to see in Turku’s Logomo centre. In addition, you can get to know Touko Laaksonen’s life on the Visit Turku guided group tour.

Tom of Finland products

The Tom of Finland textiles can be found at the Finlayson store in the Hansa Shopping Centre (Eerikinkatu Street 15). From MBakery in Turku, chosen to be Finland’s finest, you can also get your Tom of Finland cake.

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