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Sackler name to remain at the Smithsonian

In response to one senator’s call to remove the Sackler name from a major gallery at the Smithsonian, the institution has announced that it will not be removing the family’s name due to contractual agreements. In June, Jeff Merkley, a US senator for Oregon, penned a letter to Lonnie Bunch, the newly appointed secretary of […]

Anish Kapoor, Sarah Lucas and others, demand that the National Portrait Gallery breaks with BP

Art sponsorship and institutional donations have proven to be delicate and controversial matters, especially heightened in the past few years with the Sackler saga. Museums often rely on outside financial help to operate but at the same time such help often requires endorsing corporations, families or institutions that come with their own set of issues. […]

Oregon Senator calls for removal of Sackler name at the Smithsonian

Just days after Lonnie G. Bunch III took over as secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, he’d already received a major request concerning the ongoing issues surrounding the Sackler family, their philanthropic giving, and their potential involvement with the opioid crisis. In a letter, US Senator Jeffrey A. Merkley, a democratic representative of Oregon, suggested that […]

The Met is no longer taking money from the Sackler family

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 […]

Tate and Guggenheim vow to refuse Sackler money

When the National Portrait Gallery in London and Sackler Trust stopped the progress of a gift of £1 million from the Sackler Trust on March 19th as part of an agreement, museums took note. In the last week, two other institutions, in both the UK and US, followed suit. As a result, the Sackler Trust […]

National Portrait Gallery turns down gift of £1 million from the Sackler Trust

In a short press release from earlier today, London’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG), in conjunction with the Sackler Trust, announced that it would not be proceeding with a gift of £1 million from the Sackler Trust. The gift was expected to assist with the NPG’s Inspiring People project. The release, in part, read: ‘The Sackler Trust […]

The Met re-visits gifting policies in light of lawsuits involving the Sackler family

Recently, the City of New York formally accused the Sackler family, who own Purdue Pharma, of misleading the public for decades about the dangers of OxyContin, an opioid created and marketed by the pharmaceutical company. In light of the accusations, art institutions who have benefited from the wealthy family have had to re-evaluate. New York […]