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Museum News Guggenheim Helsinki plans rejected

Plans to build a new Guggenheim museum in Helsinki, Finland have been rejected by the Helsinki City Council despite strong support for the scheme from Helsinki mayor Jussi Pajunen. In a vote held on 2 May,

the plans were defeated by a single vote by the city council’s board. No reason was given for the rejection, though the cost of the project – estimated at €140m (US$184m, £114m) – was seen as a concern. Te decision to reject the project was seen

financial package which would have seen the council provide 2.8m euros (US$3.7m, £2.3m) of public funding in order to secure the museum’s license and to create a foundation to run the museum.

Study launched into museums cuts in the UK

Te UK’s Museums Association (MA) has announced the launch of its second sur- vey to examine the impact of government and local authority cuts on museum ser- vices across the country. According to the organisation, the latest study will allow for year-on-year comparisons to be made with last year’s findings and provide an insight into the impact of budget cuts. In 2011, more than half of museums

studied in the research (53 per cent) saw a reduction in funding, with 20 per cent reporting a cut of at least 25 per cent.

Mayor Jussi Pajunen (centre, holding folder) with the Guggenheim team A concept and development study had also

as a surprise aſter Helsinki mayor Pajunen’s vocal supporter for the project. In April 2012, Pajunen had outlined a

been completed, which had identified a site along the South Harbour waterfront for the museum development. Te plans for a Guggenheim in Helsinki

were first announced in January 2011. At the time, Pajunen said: “It is widely recognised that cultural destinations can help drive eco- nomic growth for a country.”

Te attraction will be based at the FIFA HQ President: Argentina to build Falklands museum

Argentinian president Cristina Fernandez has announced that a museum is to be built at a former naval school in honour of soldiers who died during the 1982 Falklands War. Fernandez said the museum, which will report- edly cost US$20m (£12.7m,€15.2m), will open

next August and will remember marines killed in the sinking of the General Belgrano. Te announcement comes amid escalating

tensions between Argentina and the UK ahead of the war’s 30th anniversary next month, with both laying claim to the islands.

WWII museum project enters next phase

The US$300m (€226m, £189m) expansion of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, US, has entered the next phase following the topping off the US Freedom Pavilion: Te Boeing Center. Scheduled to open later

this year, the US$35m (E26m, £22m) US Freedom Pavilion will be home to a broad vari- ety of exhibits used by the US military during WWII. These include a number

of restored airplanes – such as the heavy bomber B-17G Flying Fortress – and an interactive subma- rine experience based on the final mission of the USS Tang. Exhibits will also tell the human story, high-

lighting the contributions of all the branches of service in WWII.

10 Freedom Pavilion will be the home to a broad variety of military exhibits Te next phase of the expansion will be the

establishment of a set of new permanent galler- ies called Campaigns of Courage. Scheduled for a 2013 opening, the 31,430sq ſt (2,900sq m) gal- leries will explore the Allied campaigns in Asia, the Pacific and the European theatres of war.

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FIFA plans new museum for Zurich base

FIFA, the world’s football governing body, is planning to establish a new museum ded- icated to the sport as part of an expansion of its Zurich base in Switzerland. Zurich City Council was informed

of the proposals on 11 April in a meet- ing held at FIFA’s base, although a design plan will need to receive validation from Zurich Municipal Council. FIFA’s execu- tive committee has already agreed to invest approximately CHF180m (£122m, E150m, US$197m), which it believes shows the organisation’s full support to the city.

Arts and opera district planned for Dubai

A new museum, arts and opera district will form part of Emaar Properties’ flag- ship Downtown Dubai development under plans announced by the United Arab Emirate (UAE) state’s ruler. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin

Rashid Al Maktoum said that the Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District would become the UAE’s latest cultural ‘nerve-centre’. The project will include Dubai’s first

purpose-built opera house, a modern art museum. Several galleries will also be housed within the precinct.

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