Programming activities for Guggenheim Helsinki Now included a series of talks, events, and workshops designed to engage a range of age groups.

Past events

The Unsaturated


May 15, 2015

Location: Kunsthalle, Helskinki

A conversation about contemporary art practice between Belgian artist Carsten Höller and Daniel Birnbaum, director of the Moderna Museet.

Participants: Carsten Höller (SV), Daniel Birnbaum (SV)

Play Today


May 9, 2015

Location: Kunsthalle Helsinki 

Presentations and discussion addressing issues of play and technology, design, and neuroscience for children born today – the first digital-native generation.

Participants: Linda Liukas (Hello Ruby, FI), Hugo Liu (US)

Principles of Play 

Children’s Workshop

May 9, 2015

Location: Kunsthalle, Helskinki

If computer code is the Lego block of our time – a tool of creation – how do we teach curiosity, joy, and wonder to our kids? Hello Ruby founder Linda Liukas will lead three workshops with children aged 5-9 to teach tech to kids.

Participants: Linda Liukas (Hello Ruby, FI)

Guggenheim Helsinki Live

Public Discussion

May 7, 2015

Location: Kunsthalle Helsinki 

Demos Helsinki presented the outcomes of the discussions of the previous Guggenheim Helsinki Live events and mediated open conversation with Laura Kolbe, Leonard Ma, and Troy Therrien on the subject of participatory planning and urbanism in practice.

The event was held in Finnish and English.

Participants: Laura Kolbe (Helsinki City Council Member, FI), Leonard Ma (Architect, FI), Juha Leppänen (DEMOS Helsinki, FI), Maria Ritola (DEMOS Helsinki, FI), Troy Conrad Therrien (Guggenheim, US)

Difference and Repetition: A Roundtable on Architecture, Society and Competition


April 26, 2015

Location: Museum of Finnish Architecture

Juulia Kauste, Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, and Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and curator of Guggenheim Helsinki Now, will moderate a roundtable discussion about the function of competitions in contemporary architecture and the role of architects in society. 

Participants:  Bjarke Ingels (BIG, DK/US), Jeanne Gang (Studio Gang Architects, US), Marco Steinberg (Snowcone, FI), Pentti Kareoja (Ark-House, FI), Riina Palva (Verstas, FI), Juulia Kauste (Museum of Finnish Architecture, FI), Troy Conrad Therrien (Guggenheim, US)

BIG Gang


April 25, 2015

Location: Ateneum Hall / Ateneum Art Museum

Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Principal of BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, and Jeanne Gang, Founder and Principal of Studio Gang Architecture and a member of the jury for the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition, will deliver lectures on their work, followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by Pekka Timonen, General Secretary of the Centenary of Finland’s Independence 2017, FI. The program will be introduced by Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.

Participants: Bjarke Ingels (BIG, DK/US), Jeanne Gang (Studio Gang Architects, US), Richard Armstrong (Guggenheim, US), Pekka Timonen (the Centenary of Finland’s Independence 2017, FI)