Tate Modern’s new Herzog & de Meuron–designed building, the Switch House, will be renamed after philanthropist Len Blavatnik in recognition of the lead donation from the Blavatnik Family Foundation—one of the largest gifts ever made in Tate’s history.
“The transformation and extension of Tate Modern was hugely ambitious and relied on many people to bring it to fruition, but Len Blavatnik’s enthusiastic support ensured the successful realization of the project and I am delighted that the new building now bears his name,” director Nicholas Serota said. “The six million visitors who have already experienced the Blavatnik Building since it opened in June 2016 know what a huge difference it has made to Tate Modern and to London.”
Blavatnik, an international industrialist, has made major contributions to the fields of education and the arts. He funded the establishment of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, programs at Cambridge for the Judge Business School, and the Blavatnik Israel Fellows. He also sits on the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences and sponsors the annual Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the US, the UK, and Israel to honor outstanding young scientists and engineers. In Britain, the Blavatnik Family Foundation has financed various arts projects and exhibitions for a wide range of institutions including the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academies of Arts and of Engineering, the Royal Foundation, the Museum of London, the Imperial War Museum, the Royal Opera House, the British Museum, and the V&A. Blavatnik said, “My family and I are honored to support Tate, and to be linked to this exceptional building. Tate provides incomparable service to the arts, culture and education throughout the world.”