Friday, January 26, 2018
What Do You Give the Man Who Has Everything? Something That Truly Exemplifies Him.
When the White House tried to hit up the Guggenheim Museum for a loan of Van Gogh's Landscape with Snow, the museum had to turn him down but didn't want Trump disappointed. They came up with another treasure from their collection that might really appeal to the Cheeto Benito. And, it's named America.
The White House had asked the Guggenheim, based in New York, to borrow Landscape With Snow, Van Gogh’s 1888 work depicting a man and a dog walking through a field.
But the Guggenheim’s chief curator, Nancy Spector, turned down the request, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Instead she said the White House could loan an 18-carat toilet – an installation by artist Maurizio Cattelan.
The fully functioning toilet, titled America, was installed in the Guggenheim in September 2016. It was available for public use, and tens of thousands of people obliged. But with the exhibition over, Spector saw that the toilet could now potentially serve the president.
Spector wrote that America was available, “should the President and First Lady have any interest in installing it in the White House”.