A golden idea? Museum offering 18-karat toilet to Trump: Washington Post

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(Reuters) – New York’s Guggenheim Museum offering to lend an 18-karat bullion toilet to President Donald Trump after a White House asked to steal a portrayal by Vincent Van Gogh, a Washington Post reported on Thursday.

The museum’s arch curator offering to loan a toilet, that had been used by tens of thousands of visitors, in a Sept. 15 email to a Trump administration official, a journal reported.

A Guggenheim mouthpiece declined evident criticism on a Washington Post news and White House officials did not immediately respond to a ask for comment.

It was not transparent how a White House responded to a Guggenheim curator’s offer.

The piece, by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan‘s, is an 18-karat gold, entirely functioning toilet. It is called “America.”

It was put on arrangement in 2016 in a single-stall lavatory during a Guggenheim, where it was used in private oppulance by some-more than 100,000 people, according to a Guggenheim blog post. The museum pronounced a object, that was on arrangement for a year, “skewers amicable complacencies” and a extravagances of a wealthy.

Trump, a genuine estate developer incited existence radio star, campaigned for boss as a savvy businessman with a blurb clarity to attain in a White House. His accurate personal resources is unknown.

The offer came in response to a White House ask to steal a portrayal “Landscape with Snow” by 19th century Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, for designation during a boss and initial lady’s private vital quarters, a Washington Post reported. The ask for a portrayal was declined.

Guggenheim arch curator Nancy Spector had formerly created about a toilet in a 2017 blog post, in that she took swipes during a president. She wrote that a “Trump reference” fundamental in a bullion toilet resonated with people “during a sculpture’s time during a Guggenheim.”

“When a sculpture came off perspective on Sept. 15, Trump had been in bureau for 238 days, a tenure noted by liaison and tangible by a counsel rollback of large polite liberties, in further to climate-change rejection that puts the world in peril,” Spector wrote.

Trump is famous to have a ambience for bullion and gilded objects. On Christmas Eve, he took calls from children while seated on a bullion chair in a tapestried room during his Florida vacation home.

Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Scott Malone and Susan Thomas

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