Sackler money, tied to opioid crisis, complicates donation policies for museums

Times of Israel | Sep 18, 2019 at 12:26 PM
  • Ask the CEO and president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art whether he’s accepting money from the Sacklers, the billionaire dynasty notorious for its ties to the drug company Purdue Pharma, and the answer is somewhat complicated.
  • In Washington, the Smithsonian Institution rejected calls to remove the Sackler name from the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which opened in 1987 after Arthur Sackler, who died the same year, donated more than 1,000 works of Asian art and millions of dollars for construction.
  • David Koch was on the Met’s board of trustees and contributed $65 million to a renovation of the plaza in front, named David H. Koch Plaza by the Met in 2014.