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Discussion on the cultural life of Helsinki and Guggenheim Museum


What kind of culture is needed in the Helsinki of the future? Why do we need museums and what is the museum of your dreams like? How should students be taken into account when planning Helsinki's cultural program?

Helsinki Art Museum, the Student Union of the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Museum are co-organizing :
A discussion event on Helsinki’s Cultural Strategy 2012–2017 and the concept and development study for a Guggenheim Museum
On Monday, 9 May 2011, 7pm–9pm, in the auditorium of Helsinki University Museum (Snellmaninkatu 3, 2nd floor)

Deputy Mayor of Helsinki Tuula Haatainen and Director of Helsinki Art Museum Janne Gallen-Kallela-Sirén invite students, teachers, researchers and other personnel of the University of Helsinki to discuss both the City of Helsinki’s Cultural Strategy for the coming years (2012–2017) and the concept and development study for a Guggenheim Museum.

Join us to brainstorm and present your own ideas about how the cultural life of Helsinki should be developed and what the art museum of the future could be like!

You are also invited to debate opening statements and questions already presented in advance of the discussion on the event’s Facebook site.

Helsinki Cultural Strategy 2012–2017
The Cultural Strategy of the City of Helsinki which is in preparation will define the essential development objectives of the city for the years 2012–2017 and the means to implement them. The perspective will begin from the year 2012, which is the year when the World Design Capital Helsinki has been the country’s capital for 200 years, and then reaches the year 2017 which is the jubilee year of independence. The strategy aims to see the big picture and outline the objectives and the means to implement it. The future is made with decisions and continuous development work and its endpoint is not a single year when the city would be ready. The objective of the cultural strategy is to make the role of culture more visible, louder and stronger in Helsinki and the metropolitan area in the coming years, which would benefit all the Finns.

Concept and development study exploring the possibility of creating a new Guggenheim Museum in Finland
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. 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.