An ardent supporter of the arts, Sir Leonard Blavatnik has already given more than £50 million to Tate Modern, £5 million to the V&A, and acquired one of the jewels of the West End, the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Now he has funded about a fifth of The Cortauld’s £50 million renovation project, cementing his status as “Brtain’s Arts Philanthropist-in-Chief”.
A press release from the Institute states, “The Courtauld would particularly like to thank the philanthropists Sir Leonard and Lady Blavatnik, and the Blavatnik Family Foundation, for their lead donation of £10 million to Courtauld Connects. The Blavatnik Fine Rooms will be a suite of six galleries showcasing some of the greatest works in The Courtauld’s collection, ranging from the Renaissance to the 18th Century, and from paintings to decorative arts. The Courtauld’s celebrated collection of works by Peter Paul Rubens will be one of the highlights of these displays. The generous gift received from the Blavatnik Family Foundation enabled their complete restoration, repair and refurbishment.”
The Courtauld Institute of Art is one of the world’s leading centers for art history, research, and conservation. Founded in 1932 by Samuel Courtauld, Sir Robert Witt, and Viscount Lee of Fareham to improve the the study of visual arts in the UK, the Institute is an independent constituent of the University of London, housing a vast collection ranging from the Renaissance, Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, to the 20th Century. The Cortauld will reopen in late 2021.