Former investment manager Christian Levett retired seven years ago to focus entirely on his true passion for art.
Since his early twenties, he has assembled an impressive and diverse collection of antiquities, Old Masters and modern and contemporary artworks, including the world’s largest collection of female Abstract Expressionist art.
In 2011, he opened the Mougins Museum of Classical Art in the South of France, home to his classically themed artworks alongside his collection of Egyptian and Greco-Roman antiquities. Over the past year, he has also launched an online library of his entire collection.
A keen philanthropist, Mr. Levett has sponsored over 30 exhibitions at museums, such as the British Museum, the Royal Academy of the Arts and the Tate in London, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has also lent works from his collection to countless cultural institutions around the globe. He has funded archaeological endeavors in the U.K., Italy, Egypt and Spain and has sponsored academic scholarships in the U.K. and Italy.
He is an honorary fellow of the Ashmolean Museum and Wolfson College, Oxford, and a member of Oxford University’s Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors. He is also a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Arms and Armor Committee and International Collectors Council. He is in his second term on the Board of Visitors at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and is a former board member of the Hadrian’s Wall Trust. He was recently invited to join the Circle of Palazzo Strozzi Partners’ Committee