Len is a lifelong patron of the arts. Through the Foundation, he supports some of the world’s most important cultural treasures with donations of more than $140 million to theatres, museums, and performing arts centres.
The Foundation’s £50 million donation to the Tate Modern, the largest in the Tate’s history, was instrumental in funding the gallery’s extension. The new building welcomed more than 6 million visitors in its first year and was renamed the Blavatnik Building in 2017 in recognition of Len’s support.
Elsewhere in the UK, the Foundation has supported the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy and the Royal Opera House. Each year approximately 3.4 million visitors enter the Victoria and Albert Museum through the Blavatnik Hall, a part of the museum’s ambitious new Exhibition Road Quarter.
In the US, Len serves on the Carnegie Hall Board of Directors and is a founding patron of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, a program created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in 2013.
In 2013, Len was awarded membership of the Legion d’Honneur, part of the national patrimony of France, and more recently, at Buckingham Palace in 2017, he was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for “outstanding personal philanthropy in the UK to education, cultural and charitable causes.”