Guggenheim Helsinki museum plans rejected by city councillors

By Jon Henley

After five-hour talks, councillors vote 53-32 to kill off €150m addition to Guggenheim museums in Venice and Bilbao

Venice and Bilbao will remain the only Guggenheim museums in Europe for the foreseeable future after Helsinki finally buried a controversial plan for a striking new shrine to modern and contemporary art on the city's waterfront.

After a stormy five-hour meeting lasting into the early hours of Thursday morning, city councillors voted by 53 to 32 to kill off the project, which had been fiercely contested in Finland since it was floated in 2011.

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