Helsinki Mayor Jussi Pajunen Explores Possible Guggenheim Museum in Finland

HELSINKI.- On January 18, 2011, at a news conference held at the City Hall of Helsinki, Mayor Jussi Pajunen announced that the city has commissioned the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to conduct a study exploring the possibility of developing a Guggenheim Museum in Finland. Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum Director Richard Armstrong joined the mayor and Deputy Mayor Tuula Haatainen for the announcement. The concept and development study will explore topics including the possible mission and structure of an innovative, multidisciplinary museum of visual culture in Finland, the form that its exhibition and education programs might take, its prospective relationship with Helsinki’s existing visual-art institutions, the museum’s potential economic impact, and the scope of the Guggenheim Foundation’s involvement in its operation. The study is expected to conclude at the end of 2011, at which time any