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Guggenheim museum offers Trump used 'golden toilet' instead of Van Gogh painting

By Chennabasaveshwar
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    Trump and first lady Melania were offered a 18-karat solid gold toilet by the Guggenheim Museum when the couple had asked to borrow a Van Gogh painting from the museum.

    Golden toilet in Guggenheim Museum. Courtesy: www.guggenheim.org

    The museum offered President Trumpthe gold toilet from its collection as a "long-term loan" for the White House. The Guggenheim responded that it could not accommodate the request and offered the toilet instead, according to The Washington Post.

    "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 wrote in an email to the White House, according to the Post.

    Created by, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, the fully functioning golden toilet was used as a temporary interactive exhibit in one of the museum's bathrooms. The piece, titled "America," has been described as satire mocking excessive wealth. A note on the museum website describes the piece as, Its participatory nature, in which viewers are invited to make use of the fixture individually and privately, allows for an experience of unprecedented intimacy with a work of art. Cattelan's toilet offers a wink to the excesses of the art market but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all-its utility ultimately reminding us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity."

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