Following protests, National Portrait Gallery declines $1.3 million donation

National Portrait Gallery, London

The money would be donated by a pharmaceutical company that produces a painkiller suspected of being addictive

Following boycott threats from photographer/activist Nan Goldin, the National Portrait Gallery in London decided not to accept a $1.3 million donation from Sackler Trust - a charity founded by the Sackler family, which owns the pharmaceutical company that produces the painkiller OxyContin.

The painkiller an opioid substance and is suspected of driving patients to addiction. The announcement from the National Portrait Gallery comes at a time when art institutions in Europe face pressure to reject funding from controversial donors.

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