I think he should be praised for trying to bring a Guggenheim to Helsinki. I image if someone tried to do that for Buffalo people would fight him every step of the way as well.
Buffalo is indeed a poor city (in an extremely high-taxed state) but it has a wealth of cultural gems. Mr. Siren seems to be a good fit.
P.S. Buffalo does not have "one of the highest poverty rates the world." I'm sure billions of people in Africa and Asia subsisting on $1.00 a day would disagree.
Couldn't agree more. But of course, we've been selling our children and their futures in this country since the 1970s.
This is one principle of preservation that I very much support: keeping the old intact. To sell masterpieces by Caravaggio or Renoir (you know, guys who could actually paint)in order to pay for some "ar-teest's" LSD-induced spray-paint interpretation of an Occupy Wall Street protest is folly, indeed.
You both make good points. Travelrrr is correct: our city and our collection (not to mention the salary that no doubt approaches $250k) was enough to bring him here. On the other hand, WTBasketball is correct in saying that New York State sucks a big fat one.
Good luck with Janne Siren. Most likely he will ruin your art museum.
The guy is a joke in Finnish art circles. Only reason for his "career" are his family connections. His actual knowledge about art is zero. His Guggenhein museum project was the greatest catastrophy - and biggest joke - in Finnish art world on this century.
But at least we got now rid of him. He tried his best to destroy the Tampere Arts Museum, next he worked hard to ruin Helsinki Art Museum and now....
Sorry good folks at Buffalo. Finnish culture world is a better place without Siren and his visions of "life after Guggenheim's galaxy".
Looks like world class talent for a world class destination!
Excited to see what new idea's and strategic vision Janne will bring. Buffalo is always at it's best when we welcome top talent into our community to supplement what is already going on.
I wsih Dr. Siren well.I hope this is the person to spearhead the expansion of the gallery,The time is now to find a location for a major gallery in Buffalo.The Elmwwod site is as big as it can get and an offsite location should be considered.I'd love to be able to see major large shows.How about something on the waterfront or using one of the historic sites?AK has been sitting on it's hands and the funds for many years now and all thats done is study after study after study.......wishful thinking.....?
Very exciting. It seems like there is some Nordic synergy going on. First the AK hires Snohetta a firm with ties to Norway and now a new director from Finland.
Trying to serve the international art community in a city among the highest povery ratings in the world is folly.
Focusing on collecting only contemporary and modern is folly.
Selling its antiquities of Buffalo's golden age to finance contemporary and modern art is like selling your children into child porn. Its exploitation to real skill and craft for talentless abstract schlock pretending to thought out and innovative.
If contemporary and modern art is so worthy of a museum then by all means let the art patrons finance it and make it work but de-acquisitioning its antiquities to pay for it merely says how worthless and unviable contemporary and modern art really is...particularly to the Buffalo public.
Let each stand on their own merit. Create a space to display the antiquities donated to the Albright during Buffalos golden age in its own space and see which Buffalonians want. Perhaps they want both.
However, to have a group of elitists tell Buffalonians what they should have and play to a group of outsiders says they are out of touch with the city they inhabit.
Maybe Janne brings with him international connections.
Nonetheless, this really speaks volumes about the stature of the Albright-Knox (that he would be willing to leave the HAM to come to Buffalo).
Your comment is total bullshit. "tight purse strings"
Welcome to Buffalo were corporations which built this institution (please don't waste my time with the trivial public funds contribution) are hard pressed to support this esteemed institution and other worthy organizations. Too few dollars.
Unfortunately we have limited private support because we seem to enjoy chasing businesses and high wealth individuals out of town. Enjoy the most taxed state in the country.
The Albright-Knox is long overdue for an expansion -- and a daring one at that. If he is only able to open the notoriously tight purse strings of western New York, his tenure will be considered a success.
Much success. Gotta have some thick skin. While sports and the mayor's podiums (assuming more than two) receive more, the Albright Knox is right there, which I guess is a good thing.