Blavatnik Foundation commits $13.5 million to Courtauld Institute

Blavatnik Foundation commits $13.5 million to Courtauld Institute

The Courtauld Institute of Art in London has announced a £10 million ($13.5 million) naming gift from the Blavatnik Family Foundation and Leonard and Emily Appelson Blavatnik.

The gift will name the Blavatnik Fine Rooms, which are scheduled to open in late 2021 as part of the renovated Courtauld Gallery. The six Blavatnik galleries will showcase many of the highlights of the institute's collection, including works by Sandro Botticelli, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Thomas Gainsborough, and Peter Paul Rubens.

"The transformation of [t]he Courtauld would not be possible without the support of our donors, and we are delighted that Sir Leonard and Lady Blavatnik and the Blavatnik Family Foundation have made such a generous philanthropic donation," said Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director at the Courtauld. "The Blavatnik Fine Rooms will be a particular highlight of the new Courtauld Gallery, and this contribution has been vital in allowing us to make this exquisite and highly significant set of rooms more beautiful and accessible than ever before."

"The Courtauld announces the opening of the Blavatnik Fine Rooms." Courtauld Institute of Art press release 12/16/2020.