Monthly Archives: syyskuu 2016

Guggenheim has surely succeeded in one respect – like phoenix the discussion rises from the ashes. After Timo Soini rapping against it (, the discussion is again on the table. The art scene in Finland has reassured its positions. It seems as if there is one very influential part lobbying for the project, whereas most of the comments in social media are kindly welcoming the big G – as long as it is not made with public money. Tricky tricky. Reading today’s article at HS ( I was still leaning for the no-public-money-side until I read the lines ”Helsingin kuluja hankkeessa voi verrata vaikka siihen, että kaupunki voi panna rahaa yli sata miljoonaa euroa Herttoniemen liikenneympyrän purkamiseen.” Now we’re talking politics! In arts, 100 million is a whole lotta money, but it seems like in other projects it is negotiable. Well, the Herttoniemi roundabout renewal will be done with less money due to the economic situation, but 130 million as starting point for ”remont” for a roundabout does seem like an exaggeration (coming from the fingertops of a bicyclist, though…)  Here, we make decisions about values. Should we invest the money on something that stimulates the mind and spirit, or car-driving?

The big G would also bring in well-needed jobs for the city. Does not sound too bad now, does it? Well, I guess up until this point we are rather unanimous (except rap-Timo). Guggenheim seems like a good investment. But. We do have something more to discuss. Whereas the other side claims the city to instead invest the money to create either a completely new museum or to develop HAM, the other side considers Guggenheim to be the solution. Guggenheim is supposed to bring tourist queues and a never-ending money flow to the city with it’s brand. But aren’t we forgetting something here? Guggenheim exists in 10 places already – it is not unique! We are living times, when stuff that is unique and individual is what people want. Even LVMH strongly differentiates its brands as it has discovered people are not interested in supporting superconglomerates.

So, if we count the pro’s and con’s

+ museum brings jobs and cash flows

+ society reflecting values beyond driving

– Guggenheim’s brand emcumberance

= Maybe we should create a new kind of museum?

Maija Kasvinen


Art Helsinki is an art fair – or as their FB page says: International Event for Contemporary Art. It is an openly commercial art event and today it has a more professional touch than ever before. In my mind a proper commercial art fair is really what the Helsinki art scene needs. After relying heavily on the state subsidies and stipendia, the commercial side of the art field has been heavily neglected. We have too many artists who are not able to make a living out of their profession. The art field needs people who are willing to connect the artists with the potential buyers. An ta-da – here we have it.


Morning cava was well appreciated.

The attending galleries vary in style and quality but the overall feel of the event is professional. This year it has brushed up its profile and covers also an extensive program. I was delighted to see that art institutions have been working together – Frame helping out with the communications, Suomen taiteilijaseura (Artists’ association of Finland) are taking part in the program and in charge of some of the discussions.

Here is my picks for the event.


Juan Kasari was represented by 00130 Gallery. 


Sebastian Jansson was Paola Suhonen’s pick on the Signature exhibition. In Signature Finnish top names in design were invited to pick pieces that resonated with them. 


Designer Maija Uski resonated with Kasper Muttonen’s Utopia, Water.



Helsinki Contemporary introduced an application Artap. With this app you are able to digitally see how a piece of art would look on your wall. 


The event is on until Sunday and it costs 18 euros to get in. Art Helsinki runs simultaneously with Habitare, a leading event for furniture and interior design. Messuhalli is located 3 minutes walk from Pasila. See more about Art Helsinki at

Maija Kasvinen