Britain’s Tate museum group has formally named the just lately opened extension of Tate Modern after Len Blavatnik, the billionaire industrialist whose Entry Industries has branched out into music, movie and tv.
The brand new Blavatnik Building has been named in recognition of the donation from Blavatnik’s household basis, which pledged a reported £50 million ($65 million) present to the Tate in 2011. Blavatnik stated the Tate offered an “incomparable service to the humanities, tradition and training all through the world,” and that his household had been honored to help Tate and be linked to the brand new constructing.
“The generosity of this present is sort of unprecedented in Tate’s historical past,” Tate director Nicholas Serota stated. “The transformation and extension of Tate Modern was vastly formidable and relied on many individuals to deliver it to fruition, however Len Blavatnik’s enthusiastic help ensured the profitable realization of the undertaking and I'm delighted that the brand new constructing now bears his identify.”
The constructing was initially named Change Home, after the a part of the previous energy station that stood on the positioning.
Blavatnik, who was born within the Soviet Union, constructed his firm into an enormous conglomerate that now owns quite a few leisure properties, together with Warner Music Group, Deezer, AI Movie and Entry Leisure. He turned a British citizen in 2010. His basis has funded quite a few arts initiatives and exhibitions in Britain.
The brand new Tate Modern constructing was designed by architects Herzog and de Meuron, and opened to the general public on June 17 final yr. It obtained grants from the federal government and donations from non-public people, trusts and foundations.
The brand new house has already obtained greater than six million guests since opening.