A Guggenheim in London? (Do We Have to Do This Again)

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson poses for a photo prior to ringing the opening bell at NASDAQ on September 14, 2009

London’s floppy-haired mayor Boris Johnson has never been short of ambition. His latest idea makes the front page of The Art Newspaper this morning: a partnership with the Guggenheim Foundation that would see a Guggenheim Museum open on the 2012 Olympic site, which Johnson wants to turn into a world-class cultural destination.

The V&A has already agreed to be part of the project—known as E20 after the area’s postcode—and is expected to inaugurate a new building in 2020. But the Guggenheim remains cautious. The deputy director of the Salomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Eleanor Goldhar told TAN: “at the moment, the Guggenheim has no engagement in this project.”

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