Guggenheim museum planned for Helsinki

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which oversees the original, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museum in New York as well as four overseas sites, proposed that it and the Finnish capital jointly develop a new museum.

The Guggenheim chose Helsinki due to strong local interest and tradition in art and design, as well as the city’s plans to develop its harbour properties, it said in a report on Tuesday after a year-long feasibility study.

It also noted the city lacked a significant modern art collection, a gap it said the museum could fill and help draw tourists.

“Helsinki’s cultural landscape is rich, but it is also fragmented … Helsinki’s art scene lacks a centre of gravity,” the report said, recommending the city move forward with an architectural competition.

It proposed a museum be built on a city-owned site in Helsinki’s south harbour, next to the Alvar Aalto-designed headquarters of Finnish forest company Stora Enso.


Its 140 million euro estimate includes the construction and design of the museum. The Guggenheim is also counting on public, private and corporate funding to cover operating costs.

The city is due to decide in the next few weeks whether to go ahead with the project.

The Telegraph
Thursday, 12 January 2012 

“Backwoods” illustrated by Michael Kirwan

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Backwoods by the very humpable Natty Soltesz with the cover and interior illustrations by Michael Kirwan.

Here is the steamy underside of rural America, the back roads, back doors, and back rooms of a town called Groom, Pennsylvania. Secrets are sacred in a place where one’s business is everyone’s business, and the erotic stories in Backwoods bare them all. Conceived as a gay-themed erotic take on Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, Backwoods is by turn poignant and pornographic, romantic and raunchy, tender and titillating. Literal climaxes are underpinned by an authentic observation of small-town lives, both repressed and unreserved.

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