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The Trumps requested to borrow a Vincent Van Gogh painting from the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum. The president and first lady hoped to display it in the Oval Office.
The Guggenheim’s chief curator declined the request.
Instead, she offered a fully functional, 18-karat gold toilet called “America.”

It’s tradition for US presidents to borrow famous artwork from museums in order to decorate the White House. The Smithsonian loaned the Kennedys “The Smoker,” a Eugène Delacroix painting. The Obamas picked abstract works by Mark Rothko and Jasper Johns.

In September 2017, the Trumps requested Vincent Van Gogh’s “Landscape With Snow,” from the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The 1888 painting depicts a man in a black hat and his dog walking along a path in Arles, France.

In an email, Guggenheim chief curator Nancy Spector declined. Instead, she offered an 18-karat solid gold toilet by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, the Washington Post reports.

The toilet was available “should the President and First Lady have any interest in installing it in the White House,” Spector wrote in an email obtained by The Post.

The artist “would like to offer it to the White House for a long-term loan,” …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Technology

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