The Guggenheim just trolled Donald Trump so hard with a golden toilet and Twitter is living for it!
We think it’s safe to say that the Guggenheim’s chief curator isn’t a fan of Donald Trump. After the White House had requested to borrow an expensive Vincent Van Gogh painting (“Landscape With Snow”) for Donald and Melania‘s private quarters, they were sent a polite but firm denial from the art gallery, according to The Washington Post. The art gallery’s curator, Nancy Spector, offered another piece instead — something completely opposite from the painting of a man in a black hat walking along a path in Arles, France, with his dog. Nancy offered the Trumps “an 18-karat, fully functioning, solid gold toilet — an interactive work titled ‘America’ that critics have described as pointed satire aimed at the excess of wealth in this country,” The Washington Post notes. Before being offered up to Donald and Melania, the toilet, which you can see in the photo above, was in a public restroom on the museum’s fifth floor. And get this — visitors could use it! Ew.
Now that the exhibit, featuring the toilet has ended, it’s available, “should the President and First Lady have any interest in installing it in the White House,” Nancy wrote in an email obtained by The Washington Post. The artist “would like to offer it to the White House for a long-term loan,” she continued. “It is, of course, extremely valuable and somewhat fragile, but we would provide all the instructions for its installation and care.” This email was allegedly written and sent on Sept. 15, but the public is just finding out about it now and the news has since gone viral on Twitter.
In case you’re unaware, it’s common for presidents and first ladies to borrow major works of art to decorate the Oval Office, the first family’s residence and various rooms at the White House, according to The Washington Post. It’s not clear, however, if other presidents have ever been denied their requests. See what fans have been tweeting about it, below!
ART = 1, POTUS = 0. YOUR MOVE, WHITE HOUSE. https://t.co/OmldMFHCTT
— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) January 25, 2018
Donald Trump’s day so far:
– Asked Guggenheim for Van Gogh
– They offered him gold toilet instead
– This is somehow a real story
– Don Trump Jr transcripts
– CIA Director cooperating w/ Mueller
– “FBI Secret Society” proven fake
– Trump’s presidency is fake
– It’s still only 3pm
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) January 25, 2018
— Peter Corless ?☮ (@PeterCorless) January 25, 2018
The Guggenheim also offered to supply the toilet paper
"Van Gogh" pic.twitter.com/vz8U41Eqaz
— Vito (@Vext6) January 25, 2018
DT: I will take the Van Gogh.
Guggenheim: You can have the toilet.
Day made, #Guggenheim. Day made.
— Suave Hellion (@HeWhoLovesWords) January 25, 2018
I interrupt this thread to inform everyone a Guggenheim curator denied Trump’s request to borrow a Van Gogh. Offered a solid gold toilet instead. THIS IS THE BEST NEWS OF 2018 SO FAR ❤️
— Casey Frid (@CaseyFrid) January 25, 2018