The Mayor of Helsinki firmly believes that there will be a Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki by 2018, while another important decision maker said he would bet money that the city will get a Guggenheim by 2017. Either way they seem to be certain that it will arrive.
Speaking to Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, Mayor Jussi Pajunen and Hannu Penttilä, Deputy Mayor for City of Helsinki Real Estate and City Planning, both said they were confident that the famous Guggenheim Foundation will choose the city as the next location for one of its arts museums.
Earlier this year, we reported that the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is conducting a study exploring the possibility of creating a new Guggenheim Museum in the Scandinavian city.
During the initial phase of the study, teams in New York and Helsinki have been meeting with professionals in the areas of program, curatorial, education, legal, finance, operations and marketing.
They are engaging in conversations with leading artists, museum directors and curators, academics, government officials, business executives, gallerists, and collectors in Finland and beyond.
Ari Wiseman, Deputy Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, said: “We are interested in bringing together as many different opinions and perspectives as possible, to reflect both the specifics of the local culture and the future of museums.”
It is understood that the museum could cost between EUR100 million and EUR200 million, not including running costs.
Penttilä said: “The price is rather high. It could mean bad news for many other culture projects, including the capital’s new Central Library. It is possible to carry out such a wow project only once in a decade.”
However, Pajunen argued that that the two venues are not competing for the same funding.
“The Guggenheim Museum is a separate project, and the Central Library is another. They will both proceed,” he said.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation study is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2011.
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