The Ukrainian billionaire donated millions to the Victoria and Albert Museum automatic translate
LONDON. The Victoria and Albert Museum will name the new hall, which will appear after the reconstruction, in honor of the American billionaire of Ukrainian origin Leonid Blavatnik. Although the exact amount of the donation remains confidential, experts believe that it is about a few million pounds sterling.
Blavatnik, who was born in Ukraine, emigrated to the United States and accepted American citizenship. Later, he moved to London, and last year was named the richest man in the UK. In recent years, his family foundation has been the main sponsor of the Tate, the National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts, as well as the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The reconstruction project of the Victoria and Albert Museum provides for the creation of a new entrance to the exhibition and a large temporary exhibition of the gallery. The project cost was 49, 5 million pounds sterling. In addition to Blavatnik, the museum received support from other sponsors - the Heritage Foundation (? 5 million), the Weston Foundation Garfield, family trusts of Sainsbury and Mortimer and the Teresa Sackler Foundation. Although the opening date has not yet been announced, it is expected that it will be held in the spring of 2017.