ROBBER BARONS: The link between North American museums and unseemly fortunes is nothing new
As we face a man-made climate crisis, we can see roots in the men who fueled the growth of our beloved museums: fossil fuel giants like John D. Rockefeller (whose wealth helped MoMA get off the ground) and J. Paul Getty whose billions endow his self-named museum, the richest in the world. Meanwhile, the Guggenheim family’s mining and smelting wealth came with large-scale environmental damage in the US and Latin America. Other vast fortunes were tied to industrialists who fought brutally against unions (Henry Clay Frick) or developed “trickle-down” economics (Andrew Mellon). These names are synonymous with arts and culture in the United States.
It’s in their DNA. Many of the largest art museums across the country
were founded during the Gilded Age, with the support of the so-called
Then there is this:
In reality, the Rockefellers have been one of the largest financial backers and drivers of the eugenics and the depopulation agenda for over a century now.