Guggenheim offers Trump solid gold toilet instead of Van Gogh

Marsha Scott
January 26, 2018

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania had asked to borrow Van Gogh's "Landscape with Snow", for display in their private living quarters.

As for the piece the Trumps wanted, van Gogh's "Landscape with Snow" (1888), Spector wrote that it was "prohibited from travel except for the rarest of occasions", and was slated to be displayed at the museum's Bilbao location, after which the painting would remain in NY "for the foreseeable future".

A fully functioning solid gold toilet, made by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, is going into public use at the Guggenheim Museum in NY on September 15, 2016. The artwork - which also happens to be a fully functional, flushing toilet - opened for public use in a fifth-floor restroom at the Guggenheim in September 2016.

The museum, through a spokesperson, declined to comment.

In an email, museum curator Nancy Spector said the Guggenheim could not accommodate the White House's request.

The Post received confirmation that Spector had offered the toilet via email to the Trumps. "Everything seems absurd until we die and then it makes sense". The Obamas preferred abstract art, choosing works by Mark Rothko and Jasper Johns.

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The museum turned down the request but did offer an alternative: A solid gold toilet.

On the face of it, President Trump might appreciate an artist's rendering of a gilded toilet, given his well-documented history of installing gold-plated fixtures in his residences, properties and even his air plane.

Maurizio Cattelan, the artist behind "America", would not discuss the meaning of the art piece when reached by the Post.

But in a blog post a year ago about the exhibit, Spector made clear she viewed the piece as anti-Trump.

The curator, in blog posts and on social media, has made plain her political leanings.

"When the sculpture came off view on September 15, Trump had been in office for 238 days, a term marked by scandal and defined by the deliberate rollback of countless civil liberties, in addition to climate-change denial that puts our planet in peril", Spector wrote.

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