Possibility of a Guggenheim Museum in Finland Print
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 15:08


Helsinki Mayor, Jussi Pajunen, has recently announced that the City of Helsinki has commissioned the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to conduct a concept and development study, exploring the possibility of creating a new Guggenheim Museum in Finland. Helsinki is the largest city in Finland.

While located at the heart of the fast-growing Baltic Sea region, 315 miles due east of Stockholm, where it serves as a gateway between East and West, the city is home to 1.3 million people and several universities. The relocation of the cargo harbor in 2008 opened vast waterfront areas in downtown Helsinki have been freed for redevelopment, further enhancing Helsinki’s strong maritime character and making the urban structure more sustainable.

The study, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011, will explore topics including the possible mission and structure of an innovative, multidisciplinary art museum in Finland, the form that its exhibition and education programs might take, its prospective relationship with Helsinki’s existing visual arts institutions, the museum’s potential economic impact and the scope of the Guggenheim Foundation’s involvement in its operation. Beginning from a deep consideration of program and purpose, the study will seek to imagine what a museum of the 21st century might be.

The Mayor stated, "As the capital of our country and home to its greatest concentration of art museums, Helsinki has a special responsibility to keep improving and developing Finland’s cultural infrastructure. It is widely recognized that cultural destinations can help drive economic growth for a country, provided they are created within an intelligent overall plan for development. We have such a plan—and the Guggenheim, as a truly global institution, is the ideal institution to collaborate with us in studying how to realize our goals. This is a collaboration that can help Helsinki and Finland prosper in an increasingly interconnected and competitive world."

The commencement of this concept and development study marks the first step in a multi-level process that will advance and evolve only with the appropriate consent and endorsement at each stage.

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