President Trump and first lady Melania requested to borrow a painting by Vincent Van Gogh from the Guggenheim Museum for their private living quarters in the White House, but instead the museum offered an 18-karat solid gold toilet that is fully functional.
The Washington Post reports the toilet spent a year in the Guggenheim’s exhibit “America,” by the contemporary Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and was installed for the public to use on the fifth floor of the museum until September of last year.
Now that the exhibit is over, Nancy Spector, the museum’s chief curator, told the Post the artist “would like to offer it to the White house for a long-term loan.”
Known to be a satirical and provocative artist, Cattelan has told reporters he leaves the interpretation of his work to his audience, but described the toilet “as 1 percent art for the 99 percent.”
President Trump seems to have a particular taste for gold-plated fixtures and furniture. His own Boeing 757 has more gold-plated features than Air Force One, according to the Post.
Whether President Trump will accept the offer to host the used toilet from the Guggenheim Museum is an open question, given the president’s well-known germaphobia. More than 100,000 people have used the toilet.