NY museum offers used, solid-gold toilet in lieu of Van Gogh to Trumps

Published January 26, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By (AP)

The 18-karat toilet, titled 'America,' by Maurizio Cattelan in the restroom of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. (AP)
The 18-karat toilet, titled ‘America,’ by Maurizio Cattelan in the restroom of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. (AP)

New York — Donald and Melania Trump wanted to borrow a Van Gogh painting from a New York museum for their White House private quarters. Instead, The Washington Post reports, the Guggenheim Museum’s chief curator came up with a pointedly satirical counter-offer: A working solid-gold toilet made by an Italian artist.

The first couple had asked for Van Gogh’s “Landscape With Snow,” featuring a man and his dog.

Curator Nancy Spector has been openly critical of Trump in social media.

She emailed the White House Office of the Curator in September to say that the Trumps could borrow the toilet installation used by visitors in a museum restroom until mid-September. The 18-karat toilet, titled “America,” is Maurizio Cattelan’s jab at the nation’s greedier instincts. It has an estimated value topping $1 million.

 
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