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Tom of Finland Foundation has been dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting the erotic arts for three and a half decades.

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Our mission is achievable because of the generous support of our members. Becoming a member not only supports the erotic art community, but grants you discounts at our events and store.

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2020 Tom of Finland Emerging Artist Competition

The purpose of this contest is twofold: to encourage artists to share their erotic work and to elevate the field of erotic art by rewarding some of the best current examples. The contest is open to any artist with the exception of previous winners of this contest, or artists who are already selling erotic work commercially. All others are eligible: advertising designers, art students, or just midnight doodlers – anyone who creates erotic works of art.

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Upcoming events

Date/Time Event
31st Jul 2020 - 10th Jan 2021
All Day
"TOM OF FINLAND The Darkroom"
Fotografiska, Stockholm
12th Sep 2020 - 19th Dec 2020
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
"TOM OF FINLAND Made in Germany"
Galerie Judin, Berlin
20th Nov 2020 - 7th Dec 2020
All Day
"Reality & Fantasy: The World of Tom of Finland"
Shinsaibashi PARCO, Osaka
11th Dec 2020 - 13th Dec 2020
All Day
Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival: Plugged In
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Latest news

Catalogue from the exhibition of Japanese homoerotic artists - An Ode to Tom is fully bilingual and includes an introduction by the gallery director, Shai Ohayon, among a reflection… ... View Article
Fantasy becomes reality – 3D tour of exhibition - https://twitter.com/FinEmbTokyo/status/1330744581495861254   ... View Article
The #tofARTfair Website is now LIVE! 🔌 - Inspired by the many historical ways in which we have logged on, tuned in, and booted up, this bespoke site… ... View Article
World of TOM behind the scenes of the 2014 Art & Culture Festival - As we continue to build the virtual space for the 25th Annual Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival, we… ... View Article
“Tom of Finland” – a film about love and glory screens in Osaka and Kobe Japan - Honored Officer Touko Laaksonen returns from World War II and very quickly discovers that life in a time of peace… ... View Article
Today in the World of TOM: Tom’s Hall with Durk - “Here, we share life stories and it’s part of the way - the heritage, the culture - that elders like… ... View Article
Get plugged in - For 24 years Tom of Finland Foundation has brought you art fairs to help promote erotic artists and give them… ... View Article
Exhibition extended in Stockholm till 10th January 2021 - Tom of Finland's drawings leave no-one unaffected. Swelling muscles and genitals, extremely masculine and erotically confident men who enjoy sex… ... View Article
Celebrating Tom of Finland and his 100th birth year with an exhibition and party in Japan -   Many, many thanks to SivanS and their amazing staff for the video and live streaming, ComMunE bar for hosting,… ... View Article
Exhibition in Japan of the works of the iconic Finnish artist Tom of Finland travels to Osaka -   The exhibition, at Shinsaibashi PARCO, is the fruits of a collaboration between the Finnish Institute Japan, the Embassy of… ... View Article
“Flipping pages – Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero” -           Works in the Reality & Fantasy exhibition seen in Tom of Finland: The Official Life… ... View Article
Happy 100 Years: The Tom of Finland Biography -   Tom of Finland (born Tuoko Laaksonen, 1920–1991), was an iconic and groundbreaking artist who rose to cult status in… ... View Article
Erotic art in Japan - Japan’s attitude towards homosexuality and artistic depictions of such are a bit complex and culturally layered, but it wasn’t always… ... View Article
Open Tom of Finland’s Archives in Iconic Artist’s First Official Biography - Add some leather to your bookshelf Artist Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen) rose to fame as one of the… ... View Article
Tom of Finland Virtual Exhibition Tour -                   A recorded presentation by one of the co-curators of TOM OF… ... View Article
“TOM OF FINLAND: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero” releases for TOM’s 100 -   Avant-garde, provocative, subversive and rebellious - Tom of Finland stamped history with his recognizable artistic style. A virtuoso of… ... View Article
1976, 2020 – Tom back in Germany - Ris­ing to fame under the pseudonym Tom of Fin­land, Touko Laakso­nen (1920—1991) is per­haps the most famous and influ­en­tial Finnish… ... View Article
Grants for artists during COVID-19 - Our world is changing - minute by minute. The arts have always brought us together, we can all use support.… ... View Article
“DAVID LINDERT leather, but better” | ONLINE - "This selection captures last days of free living, free spending the leisure time in California and now we’re waiting for… ... View Article
Giving to TOM’s Foundation - Tom of Finland Foundation is based in loving support for one another. As a nonprofit entity we use our funds… ... View Article
Day With(out) Art 2020 - AN INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AND MOURNING IN RESPONSE TO THE AIDS CRISIS Remember, this year we are now navigating… ... View Article
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More about Tom

Tom of Finland is the artist name of Finnish Touko Laaksonen (1920, Kaarina – 1991, Helsinki). He signed his erotic work “Tom”, and when his drawings were first published in 1957, the now world-famous “Tom of Finland” was born. “Touko Laaksonen” was kept for family and colleagues; both friends and fans have always simply called him “Tom”.

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