Museum Offers Trump Toilet Instead of Van Gogh

"We are sorry not to be able to accommodate your original request, but remain hopeful that this special offer may be of interest", curator Nancy Spector told the White House in a September 15 letter obtained by the newspaper, explaining that "Landscape With Snow" can't be moved.

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.

The toilet, instead, was offered up.

A fully functioning solid gold toilet, made by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, is going into public use at the Guggenheim Museum in NY on September 15, 2016.

A spokeswoman for the museum confirmed to the Post that Spector sent the email to the White House, but did not comment further on the offer to the Trumps. Still, the Guggenheim's chief curator demurred, offering a perhaps even more appropriate work of art for their household.

According to a blog post written by Spector, the concept for the golden toilet was proposed around the time that Trump announced his candidacy in 2015.

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But the president is also a well-known germophobe, and it's an open question whether he would accept a previously used toilet, 18-karat or otherwise.

The fully functioning toilet, titled America, was installed in the Guggenheim in September 2016.

However, the museum offered the first couple a consolation prize: A solid gold toilet called "America."

"Whatever you eat, a two-hundred-dollar lunch or a two-dollar hot dog, the results are the same, toilet-wise", he has said.

The White House wanted a van Gogh. A tacky an tasteless president deserves a work of art that reflects who the Trumps really are. The Trumps are living in one of the greatest museums in the world.

"We are sorry not to be able to accommodate your original request", the curator concluded, "but remain hopeful that this special offer may be of interest".

  • Sonia Alvarado