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Guggenheim Helsinki rival contest nets more than 200 entries

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An ideas competition seeking ‘bold and thoughtful’ alternatives to Helsinki’s new Guggenheim Museum has received more than 200 entries from 37 countries

The results of the ‘Next Helsinki’ competition – supported by independent arts organisations – will be announced in the Finnish capital next week (20 April).

A seminar discussing the project led by competition chair Michael Sorkin will also be hosted at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art this Sunday (19 April).

Launched the day entries to the official Guggenheim contest closed, the competition sought rival ideas for the £105 million museum’s proposed South Harbour site that would ‘more fully meet the city’s cultural, spatial, and sustainability needs.’

Sorkin said: ‘The organizers and jury are completely delighted with the scope and quality of the submissions we’ve received and look forward to disseminating them far and wide.  Unlike the Guggenheim competition, our goal is not to narrow this diversity of expression to a single winner but to open up discussion and to launch a process that will involve more and more voices.’

Judges included University of Greenwich professor Neil Spiller and Helsinki International Artist Programme director Juha Huuskonen.

London-based Asif Khan featured among six teams shortlisted in the official Guggenheim competition which receiving a record-breaking 1,715 entries.

The Guggenheim contest winner – set to be announced in June 2015 – will take home £80,000.

SUNDAY 19.4.2015

City as Commons – Approaches to Cultural Landscapes Seminar at 13-16, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

The Next Helsinki seminar opens up visions to the future of urban spaces, art and city planning. Moderated by jury chairperson Michael Sorkin; with presentations by Andrew Ross, Miguel Robles-Durán and Mabel O. Wilson.

MONDAY 20.4.2015

Envisioning the Future: Results of the Next Helsinki Competition Press conference at 10-12, Helsinki City Planning Department Auditorium, Helsinki

The Next Helsinki competition jury announces the results. Panel discussion follows.






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