Skip to comments.White House asks for Van Gogh loan – but museum offers gold toilet instead
Posted on 01/25/2018 3:53:40 PM PST by DoodleDawg
The Guggenheim Museum has reportedly turned down a White House request to borrow a Van Gogh painting, and has instead offered the Trump administration the use of a golden toilet.
The White House had asked the Guggenheim, based in New York, to borrow Landscape With Snow, Van Goghs 1888 work depicting a man and a dog walking through a field.
But the Guggenheims chief curator, Nancy Spector, turned down the request, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Instead she said the White House could loan an 18-carat toilet an installation by artist Maurizio Cattelan.
The fully functioning toilet, titled America, was installed in the Guggenheim in September 2016. It was available for public use, and tens of thousands of people obliged. But with the exhibition over, Spector saw that the toilet could now potentially serve the president.
Spectors emailed reply to the White Houses request to loan Landscape with Snow was obtained by the Post. The veracity of the email, which was sent on September 15, was confirmed to the newspaper by the Guggenheim. The museum did not immediately respond to the Guardians request for comment.
Spector wrote that America was available, should the President and First Lady have any interest in installing it in the White House.
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The guggenheim is shaped like a giant toilet.
Beautiful painting! Thanks for showing.
He should take them up on their offer and display it with a sign so everyone in America can see what Trump has to put up with. And HE’S the crass one? Unbelievable. I wonder how many fundraisers businessman Trump went at the Guggenheim and how much money he gave them over the years. Liberal politics makes even the giants small and petty. Their anger and resentment cannot be contained.
I remember pictures of Ronald Reagan in the oval office with a painting of American flags on Fifth Avenue (I think). Very classy.
I am looking forward to the Trump response.
What fools the Guggenheim is, Trump is going to have the last word on this if he chooses to do so.
I would, but I think the image has to be web based — doesn’t it? You need an address, right?
Just love that this museum has this gold toilet called “America”. So I guess the “artist” was trying to say America is a $h!thole, a glorified, gold one but still just a $h!thole.
And they had it installed and people could use it. How did they advertise it? Come to the Guggenheim and piss on or take a dump on “America”!
This thread reminds me of one of the closing scenes in the Thomas Crown Affair remake.
Detective Russo is talking about his orders to recover the latest stolen painting. Something about not caring, that art is important to only a few self-important people. Then he talks about something very important to him - arresting a man who was beating his kids to death.
Kind of sums up this thread - art is important to only the self centered self important people.
What a incredibly base & mean thing to say to Melania. I will not support the Guggenheim and bad mouth it for as long as I live. What a low classless thing to do.
This has the ring of another fabricated piece of news. Is it???
The goofyheim museum is run by your typical classless artsy - artsy lefty-loser. I would ONLY visit there to tell this low-class director to KMA.
The Guardian claims they have a copy of the email from the Guggenheim curator making the offer.
Actually unlikely that the patrons of this exhibit were immigrants. Visiting the Guggenheim for the avant garde is very much a native New Yorker thing to do.
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