Even before he was president, Trump thought the world revolved around him. And so with that childish attitude spurring him on, Trump approached New York’s Guggenheim Museum with an outlandish request. He wanted to borrow a Van Gogh painting to put into his private living quarters in the White House. Trump wanted to take the influential art out of public circulation and put it somewhere he could only see it. He was stealing from the masses for his personal benefit.
But the museum stood up the tyrant. They told him no. But they did have an alternative piece of art that they thought would befit the president’s late-night Twitter habit.
The Guggenheim Museum offered Trump a toilet made of solid gold.
Although the president had hoped he could keep Van Gogh’s 1888 oil painting titled “Landscape With Snow” in his private area, the Guggenheim determined that the toilet was more befitting of the president was actively sending America into the toilet.
Although Trump did ask for the Van Gogh, it is not unusual for previous Presidents to borrow classic works of art from great museum collections around the country. And while other presidents have been awarded their requests, the Guggenheim Museum curator Nancy Spector responded in a way Trump had not expected.
When she learned the president wanted the Van Gogh, she told him that painting was off limits because it was “prohibited from travel except for the rarest of occasions.”
At the time she wrote that the very painting was on its way to the Guggenheim’s other location in Bilbao, Spain. And after it finished its Spanish tour, the piece would return to the Upper East Side location “for the foreseeable future.”
No, not even the president could get this special Van Gogh painting.
Because she was unable to grant Trump his request, she offered an alternative that she figured he would love. It was an interactive piece of art called “America.” And while the title got Trump’s heart pounding the fact that it is an 18-karat, fully functioning solid-gold toilet, must have been embarrassing.
However, many critics believe that moving it to Trump’s bathroom is a step down for the piece of art that was displayed in the museum’s public restroom on the fifth floor.
The toilet is inherently valuable. The gold alone is worth $1 million.
Trump loves shiny things. So while the Guggenheim’s suggestion was strange, it was actually in classic Trump taste.
Spector told Trump that the gold toilet was “extremely valuable and somewhat fragile, but we would provide all the instructions for its installation and care.”
Although the Guggenheim offered Trump the fancy toilet back in September, the president is still mulling it over.
Maurizio Cattelan is the contemporary artist who created “America.” He loves to satirize America’s love for excess and characters like Trump.
Even Cattelan could never have imagined his artwork fueling Trump’s early morning tweets and Nuclear war threats. So he’s avoiding that direct question.
“It’s a very delicate subject,” he told the Post. “What’s the point of our life? Everything seems absurd until we die and then it makes sense.”
Should Trump take the gold toilet?