Recently First Lady Melania Trump contacted the Guggenheim Museum in New York to request this painting by Van Gogh for display in the White House.
It’s fairly common for the White House to borrow famous paintings. The Kennedys displayed Eugene Delacroix’s painting The Smoker and the Obamas showed off works by Mark Rothko and Jasper Johns.
But when it comes to the Trump family, the elite can’t pass up an opportunity for a snub. So the curator of the Guggenheim refused the Van Gogh and offered a gold toilet. Seriously. This one:
Newsweek almost giggles in its reporting. Note the snark as well:
The chief curator of a New York City art museum refused to lend the White House a Vincent Van Gogh painting for President Donald Trump and his wife Melania’s living quarters but did come up with a novel alternative suggestion: a used 18-karat solid gold toilet.
The fully functional toilet had been on display in the Guggenheim in a public restroom for guests to use for the past year and was characterized by critics as a work of satire aimed at excessive wealth in America.
But now that the exhibit has closed, the museum’s curator Nancy Spector told officials they can use it, “should the President and First Lady have any interest in installing it in the White House,” she wrote in an e-mail obtained by The Washington Post.
The artist, Maurizio Cattelan, “would like to offer it to the White House for a long-term loan,” Spector continued. “It is, of course, extremely valuable and somewhat fragile, but we would provide all the instructions for its installation and care.” The e-mail also included a photograph of the shiny yellow waste dispensary.
A Guggenheim spokeswoman confirmed the exchange to the Post.
The value of the toilet is unknown, but it is estimated to have cost more than $1 million to build.
The White House has yet to accept the offer and did not respond a request from the newspaper. An inquiry from Newsweek was not immediately returned.
The toilet, which was protected by a uniformed security guard during its time in New York, could better suit the president’s taste. He is known to have a penchant for the precious metal, installing gold-plated fixtures throughout his properties. And it could ramp up the excitement for visitors, who are already taken on tours the White House’s bathrooms by Trump.
If you thought politics was already in the toilet, this confirms it.