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To correct the mixed information circulating in the social media and elsewhere, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation wish to explain differences in the past projects. Most projects are not comparable to the Guggenheim Helsinki project, as many have not aimed for a new Guggenheim museum. Some of the projects have been temporary collaborations, and some projects have only consisted of a feasibility study or other type of cooperation. Furthermore, some of the projects mentioned in the discussions have never been Guggenheim projects at all.

Guggenheim Museums are currently:

1.  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC

2.  The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

3.  The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

4.  The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, UAE – in development


*  We also currently have the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative exhibition in Hong Kong and it will then go to Singapore, opening May 10/2014.

* BMW Guggenheim Lab in NYC, Berlin (Germany), Mumbai (India); project has ended.

* We also have traveling exhibitions. Currently one is at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada.

Projects discussed in media, social media and elsewhere:

Las Vegas

Guggenheim Las Vegas closed in 2003 and the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum closed in 2008, having received more than 1 million visitors. To quote the press release available on our web site which details the achievements of the seven year tenure, “We had planned from the beginning that this partnership would be set for a specific term, and that has been fulfilled.”


We wound down the Deutsche Guggenheim by mutual agreement with Deutsche Bank after 15 successful years. It was a programmatic decision for both parties. We are in discussion with Deutsche Bank about future projects.

St Petersburg and Vienna

The Guggenheim foundation currently has no museum collaborations with the Hermitage Museum. There was never a plan to build a Guggenheim museum  in St. Petersburg or Vienna.


During the tenure of our former director, Thomas Krens, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation consulted on a feasibility study to assist local authorities in determining whether or not to proceed with the development of a facility in Vilnius that would have included existing collections.

This museum was never intended to be a Guggenheim museum, despite many incorrect media reports to the contrary.  You can review our online press site to verify this information.

The project did not proceed past an architectural competition due to local political and economic conditions, and a decision by the Guggenheim not to pursue this project.

Guggenheim Museum Lower Manhattan

This project was cancelled as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that altered plans for all projects in Lower Manhattan.  As of this date, no cultural institutions have opened in lower Manhattan including the 9/11 Memorial Museum.


The terminology is incorrect.  The plan was not for a Guggenheim museum.  The Guggenheim agreement was to conduct the Feasibility Study but not to engage in the operation of a museum.

Guggenheim Rio de Janeiro

The proposed museum was embraced enthusiastically by many but considered controversial given that Brazil had a significant number of museums including in the city of Rio that received little government funding. Several lawsuits were filed by citizens against the City of Rio, the mayor of Rio and the Guggenheim (among others).  In May of 2003, an injunction was obtained blocking the implementation of the museum development agreement. No further work was performed by, and no money was paid to, the Guggenheim under this agreement and the museum project came to a halt. In 2005, the Guggenheim and the City of Rio entered into an agreement to terminate formally the museum development agreement and to release each other from all claims relating to the project, the feasibility study agreement and the museum development agreement.

Salzburg, Austria

In 1989 the Mayor of Salzburg sponsored an architectural competition to develop a conceptual design for the Salzburg Museum Carolina Augusteum.  The jury selected a design but political controversies brought the project to a standstill.  In December 1989 the Austrian Minister for Science and Research established a special commission for the “Guggenheim Museum Salzburg Project” and the Commission retained The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to conduct a Feasibility Study.

The Feasibility Study began in January 1990 and was completed in July 1990. Salzburg did not secure sufficient financial and political backing for the project to proceed.

West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong SAR

A consortium of businesses in Hong Kong formed for the purpose of submitting a response to the Invitation for Proposal by the Hong Kong government regarding the West Kowloon Cultural District.

In May 2004, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation entered an Invitation for Proposal Agreement with Dynamic Star International Limited to produce program proposals for a Museum of Modern Art, a Museum of Moving Images, and a Museum of Design. These materials were included in Dynamic Star’s final proposal submitted to the government on June 19, 2004.

The Program Proposals were developed from May through June 2004.

The Hong Kong government did not select a winner of the IFP and subsequently it cancelled the project.  In recent years the project has been renewed.  The Guggenheim Foundation has not pursued involvement in the revitalized project.

Tokyo, Japan

An architectural competition was conducted to develop a conceptual design for a proposed Temporary Guggenheim Tokyo that was being explored for development by Mori Building Co.  The building was to be a temporary structure, with a lifetime of 8-10 years.  The architectural competition was reviewed in two phases: May 29, 2001 and June 21, 2001, and a submission was selected. The project was cancelled by Mori Building Co. the company that commissioned the competition.


The Guggenheim agreement was to conduct the Feasibility Study but not to engage in the operation of a museum.


The Guggenheim foundation is not aware of  there ever being a project in Peking/Beijing.


The Guggenheim foundation is not  aware of this project. There is a lot of media coverage about “supposed” projects that have nothing to do with any real engagement with the Guggenheim.  This is one of those projects.

Urdaibai (Spain)

This would be an expansion of the Guggenheim Bilbao.  The plans for this project continue in discussion with Bilbao.

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