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3 museums reject donations from Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of modern and contemporary art in New York
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of modern and contemporary art in New York. Photo: Tinnaporn Sathapornnanont/Getty Images

London’s National Portrait Gallery, British gallery group Tate and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York have all said in the past week they will no longer accept financial donations from the Sackler family, which owns pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma.

Why it matters: The fallout in the art world comes as the family faces numerous lawsuits and growing backlash over Purdue's connection to the opioid crisis. The family and company have made billions from the sale of highly addictive opioid painkillers that have helped fuel the country's opioid crisis, killing hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S.

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