Trump Asked Guggenheim For Van Gogh Painting For WH, Got This Instead
Donald Trump alongside First Lady Melania Trump asked the Guggenheim Museum if they could lend the White House a Van Gogh painting to hang while he’s president, according to the Washington Post.
The museum, however, had other plans in mind. The Guggenheim offered the president, not a painting, but a solid gold functioning toilet called “America.”
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump asked the Guggenheim Museum to loan them a Van Gogh painting for the White House residence, said the Washington Post on Thursday.
According to the Post, Trump’s White House asked the museum for Van Gogh’s “Landscape with Snow.” Instead, they got “America,” a fully functioning solid gold toilet.
“The curator’s alternative: an 18-karat, fully functioning, solid gold toilet – an interactive work entitled ‘America’ that critics have described as pointed satire aimed at the excess of wealth in this country,” said the Post.
The Post also reported that the “America” sculpture was put in Guggenheim for a year for the public to use. Now, Maurizio Cattelan, the artist behind the toilet, said he would be more than willing to offer the sculpture to the Trumps as a “long-term loan.”
“It is, of course, extremely valuable and somewhat fragile, but we would provide all the instructions for its installation and care,” she wrote.