GLOBAL ART LOCAL POLITICS
The new Guggenheim Helsinki is a symbol of Finland's strategic place on the world's art scene. Its iconic, yet elegant form is a showpiece in the precinct of Helsinki's South Harbor. Conceived of two contrasting elements, it is simultaneously human in scale and a monumental statement; its language is a juxtaposition of medieval craftsmanship and the XXI century's technologies. Encouraging wider public to participate, the museum offers 1/3 of its spaces free of charge: the base volume with its diverse public program is accessible without a fee, making it the city's meeting place. The heart of the building is a monumental cupola - a grand exhibition hall and a performance space. It is the museum's nervous center that provides background for its spaces. Galleries tailored to provide two exhibition approaches: white gallery boxes and a spiral gallery that allows to hold separate exhibitions or one at a time.