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Trump Asked the Guggenheim to Borrow a Van Gogh, the Guggenheim Offered Him a Golden Toilet Instead


This is the level of trolling I want to achieve someday.

I assume when you’re the President of the United States, you can basically get whatever you want. It sounds like something that just comes along with the job, doesn’t it?

For example, when Obama was President, he borrowed works from Mark Rothko and Jasper Johns from the Smithsonian. Unfortunately, Trump isn’t a favorite so he can’t really get things by snapping his fingers.

Last year, the White House made a request to the Guggenheim to take Vincent van Gogh’s Landscape With Snow on loan for their private residence.

According to the Washington Post, museum curator Nancy Spector told them that’s a hard no. 

Spector said Landscape is “prohibited from travel except for the rarest of occasions.” The piece was in Spain at the time. 

BUTTTTTT, she didn’t want to come back empty-handed, so she offered the first couple Maurizio Cattelan’s America, a fully functional 18-karat-gold toilet.

The toilet was on display and available to the public to use at the Guggenheim. But it’s “exhibit” in the bathroom was coming to an end so it could have been taken to the White House.

Spector explained that America is “of course, extremely valuable and somewhat fragile, but we would provide all the instructions for its installation and care.”

TBH, Trump loves gold and is full of shit, so it’s actually kind of perfect.


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