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Wed Jul 17, 2019, 05:59 PM

 

Louvre Removes Sackler Family Name From Its Walls

Source: New York Times

July 17, 2019



The Louvre in Paris has removed the name of the Sackler family from its walls, becoming the first major museum to erase its public association with the philanthropist family linked with the opioid crisis in the United States.

The Louvre’s collection of Persian and Levantine artifacts is housed in a wing that has been known as the Sackler Wing of Oriental Antiquities since 1997.

But on Wednesday, a plaque acknowledging the Sacklers’ donations had been removed from the gallery’s entrance, and references to “the Sackler Wing” on other signs in the museum had been covered with gray tape.

Members of the Sackler family own Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, an enormously profitable and frequently abused painkiller that is the subject of numerous lawsuits in the United States.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/arts/design/sackler-family-louvre.html



I know---sorry, knew---two people who died because of the lies promulgated by this horrible family and its representatives, while another friend barely escaped opioid addiction with his life. This is very personal for me. Now if only more U.S. institutions would follow the Louvre's lead!

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Reply Louvre Removes Sackler Family Name From Its Walls (Original post)
Dem Dean Jul 17 OP
ck4829 Jul 17 #1
JustABozoOnThisBus Jul 17 #2
Dem Dean Jul 17 #3
TeamPooka Jul 17 #4
lapfog_1 Jul 18 #5
dalton99a Jul 18 #6

Response to Dem Dean (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 06:08 PM

1. K&R

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Response to Dem Dean (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 06:15 PM

2. Cover the name, but keep the money?

This is not exactly "erasing" the association with the family.

I wonder if the Sackler family had naming rights built into the donation agreement.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 06:25 PM

3. Whether or not the Louvre keeps the exhibits is secondary

 

And they've removed, not covered, the name, which is the slap.

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Response to Dem Dean (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 06:26 PM

4. 78 billion opiate pills sold in the US

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Response to Dem Dean (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 03:25 AM

5. El Chapo could learn a thing or two from them - n/t

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Response to Dem Dean (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 03:37 AM

6. The Sackler name should be removed from buildings

https://hyperallergic.com/419850/our-incomplete-list-of-cultural-institutions-and-initiatives-funded-by-the-sackler-family/
Our Incomplete List of Cultural Institutions and Initiatives Funded by the Sackler Family
The secretive family whose pharmaceutical company hid the addictive effects of OxyContin also funds dozens of museums and universities.
Elena Goukassian | January 11, 2018


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