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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has launched an online gallery that allows web visitors to explore the submissions received for Stage One of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition.The Guggenheim hopes to construct the new museum in Helsinki‚Äôs South Harbor area, close to the historic city center and easily accessible to visitors arriving by sea. The Foundation plans to organize and present internationally significant exhibitions of artworks from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The proposed museum will also specialize in Nordic art and architecture. 

Each entry is represented by two images and a brief concept summary provided by the participants. A total of 1,715 submissions were received from 77 countries. The competition was open to qualified architects from anywhere in the world, but the identities of the competitors are being kept under wraps.

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The Speed Art Museum continues to add to its curatorial staff in preparation for re-opening in 2016. Erika Holmquist-Wall, a specialist in 19th and 20th century Nordic art and design, joins the museum next month as the Mary and Barry Bingham Sr. Curator of European and American Painting and Sculpture.

The Speed announced the hire of contemporary art curator Miranda Lash, formerly of the New Orleans Museum of Art, in July.

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