France’s Louvre Museum in Paris has become the first major institution to remove the Sackler family name after protests erupted against the family that is blamed for the deadly opioid crisis in the United States.
At the Louvre’s Oriental Antiquities gallery, an Associated Press photographer saw tape covering multiple placards bearing the name that has long been associated with arts patronage around the world. A sign listing family members by name had been removed from its place on the wall, with only the holes and outline remaining.
The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharma, which is facing some 2,000 lawsuits in the U.S. over its role in the opioid crisis that has claimed 400,000 lives in two decades.
Institutions that benefited from the family’s largesse have been targeted by activists, led by the artist Nan Goldin.