The Met is no longer taking money from the Sackler family

The Met is no longer taking money from the Sackler family
The Temple of Dendur, Roman period, ca. 15 B.C. Egyptian; Dendur, Nubia Sandstone; L. from gate to rear of temple 82 ft. (24 m 60 cm) The Temple of Dendur, a Nubian Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis, the gods Harpocrates and Osiris, as well as two deified sons of a local Nubian chieftain, Pedesi ("he whom Isis has given") and Pihor ("he who belongs to Horus"), was comissioned by Emperor Augustus of Rome around 15 BC. In 577, the temple was converted into a Christian church. The conversion is documented by a Coptic inscription. In the 19th century, graffiti was left on the temple walls by visitors from Europe. The temple was dismantled and removed from its original site (modern name: Dendur, ancient name: Tutzis, about 80jm south of the town of Aswan) in 1963 in order to save it from being submerged by the construction of the Aswan High Dam. In recognition of the American assistance in saving various other monuments threatened by the dam's construction, the temple was given to the United States of America by Egypt in 1965. The stone blocks of the temple weighed more than 800 tons in total with the largest pieces weighing more than 6.5 tons. They were packed in 661 crates and transported to the United States by the freighter S.S. Concordia Star. In the United States, several institutions made bids for housing the temple, in a competition which was nicknamed the "Dendur Derby" by the press. Alternative plans proposed re-erecting the temple on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. or on the Charles River in Boston. However, these suggestions were dismissed because it was feared that the temple's sandstone would have suffered from the outdoor conditions. On April 27, 1967, the temple was awarded to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it was installed in the Sackler Wing in 1978. Inside the Sackler Wing, designed by the architects Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo, and associates, a reflecting pool in front of the temple and
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City says it will no longer accept any donations from the notorious Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma who have been ridden with controversy due to their contribution to and profiting from the opioid addiction crisis.

The Met released a statement on Wednesday saying that it decided to end their relationship with the Sacklers due to the company’s “production of opioids and the ensuing health crisis surrounding the abuse of these medications.” It is uncertain whether the Met will be renaming their Sackler Wing, however, an integral part of the museum.

The families of Mortimer and Raymond Sackler continue to deny the allegations that they are linked to the crisis, saying: “while the allegations against our family are false and unfair, we understand that accepting gifts at this time would put the Met in a difficult position. We respect the Met and that is the last thing we would want to do. Our goal has always been to support the valuable work of such outstanding organizations, and we remain committed to doing so.”

Purdue Pharma, is a privately held pharmaceutical company owned principally by descendants of Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, who bought and built the company in 1952. In 2007 the company paid one of the largest fines ever imposed on a pharmaceutical firm for mislabeling its product OxyContin, and three of its executives were found guilty of criminal charges. While the company has recently shifted its focus to absue-detering medications, they continue to market and sell opioids, and continue to be involved in lawsuits around the crisis.

President and CEO of the Met, said in the statement that private philanthropy, the funding category that the Sacklers fall under, literally built the museum. “What distinguishes our Museum from its global peers, such as the Prado, the Hermitage, and the Louvre, is the fact that we did not begin with a royal or imperial collection,” he said. “Every object and much of the building itself came from individuals driven by a love for art and the spirit of philanthropy. For this reason, it is our responsibility to ensure that the public is aware of the diligence that we take to generate philanthropic support. Our donors deserve this, and the public should expect it.”

“The Sackler family has graciously supported The Met for 50 years and has not proposed any new contributions,” added Weiss. “Nonetheless, in consideration of the ongoing litigation, the prudent course of action at this time is to suspend acceptance of gifts from individuals associated with this public health crisis.”
Before it was ridden with scathing accusations coming from several lawsuits and protests, the Sackler name was best known for its association to some of the most important cultural and academic institutions in the world. The Sackler Wing at the Met houses one of the most important museum jewels: the Temple of Dendur.
Before it became the focus of scathing accusations coming from numerous lawsuits, the Sackler name was most closely associated with some of the premier cultural and academic institutions in the world.
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sackler Wing houses one of the museum’s jewels: the Temple of Dendur. The Sacklers have also gifted a wing at the Louvre in Paris, a courtyard at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, a centre for feminist art at the Brooklyn Museum and an education center at the Guggenheim in New York City. They have also donated to numerous other institutions like the Tate, the National Gallery, the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History.
As the family faces more charges and protests in their role furthering the opioid crisis, many of these institutions are being forced to reconsider their ties with them, some returning gifts and some even removing their name from their facilities. The Tate announced this year that it would stop accepting donations from the family