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Trumps Offered Gold Toilet Instead of Guggenheim Van Gogh

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Guggenheim Museum's solid gold toilet used by visitors in a museum restroom until last August. (AP)

By    |   Friday, 26 January 2018 10:34 AM

The Trumps’ request to borrow a Vincent Van Gogh painting from the Guggenheim Museum to decorate their private White House quarters was declined, but the first family was reportedly offered a consolation prize: an 18-karat gold toilet.

It’s not uncommon for presidents and first ladies to borrow pieces of art to decorate rooms in the White House and the Trumps were specifically after the 1888 Van Gogh painting “Landscape With Snow,” The Washington Post reported.

However, the Guggenheim wasn’t keen on parting with the prized piece of art and instead snarkily offered up another installation, the fully functioning gold toilet titled “America,”.

The interactive work which poses a satirical view of the country’s excess wealth was created by Maurizio Cattelan and was displayed in the museums’ public restroom for about a year.

Now that the exhibit is over, museum curator Nancy Spector said the artist was willing to give it to the White House on a long-term loan.

In an email to the White House she noted that the Van Gogh painting was “prohibited from travel except for the rarest of occasions” but was “pleased to help facilitate” the loan of the toilet.

The offer was made in September but the White House has not yet responded, The Huffington Post reported.

When approached for comment by The Washington Post, Cattelan said it was “a very delicate subject,” and when pushed for an explanation on the piece of art, he said: “What’s the point of our life? Everything seems absurd until we die and then it makes sense.”

Spector, who has been an open critic of Trump, had noted in a blog post that the reference to the president that was inherent in the gold toilet resonated with the public, ABC News reported.

“When the sculpture came off view on Sept. 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,” she said.

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The Trumps’ request to borrow a Vincent Van Gogh painting from the Guggenheim Museum to decorate their private White House quarters was declined, but the first family was reportedly offered a consolation prize: an 18-karat gold toilet.
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