The Foundation

Arthur M. Sackler Foundation | New York, New York

The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation was founded in 1965 by Arthur M. Sackler, M.D. (1913–1987) to make his extensive art collections available for viewing by the general public. He once said, “Great art, like science and the humanities, can never remain as the possession of one individual, creator or collector . . . great art and all culture belongs to all humankind. 

The Foundation collection was formed through purchases of art selected by Dr. Sackler and gifts from Dr. Sackler and his family. It consists of over 1,100 works of art ranging from Chinese ritual bronzes and ceramics to Buddhist stone sculpture and the renowned Chu Silk Manuscript, the oldest existing Chinese written document.

Since 1973, the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation has organized numerous exhibitions of the Foundation’s collection and the Arthur M. Sackler Collections that have traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad.

Collection Exhibition History

Follow the fully detailed exhibition history of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation’s Collection since its first showing in 1973.


Catalogs & Publications

The Foundation has published eleven scholarly catalogues of the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, and supported Dr. Sackler’s interest in contemporary Chinese artists like Lin Wing-Lin and C.C. Wang through general publications.


The Foundation has donated art to museums in the United States since its inception. Currently the Foundation has works of art on loan to many museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.; and the Frank H. McClung Museum at The University of Tennessee.