Friday, 26 January 2018

Trump tried to borrow Van Gogh for white house, Guggenheim offered a gold toilet instead (video)

The fully functional "interactive exhibit" offered by the Guggenheim
Trump's inferior gold plated toilets that he loves
There is nothing about this story that isn't funny :)

Sooooo, the Trumps wanted to borrow a Van Gogh painting to put on a wall in the white house or their private residence, something that surprisingly is a normal thing for presidents to do. The Trump's choice of painting was a Van Gogh, which they requested from the famous Guggenheim gallery.

However the captain of the Guggenheim was having absolutely none of it. Apparently appalled at the thought of a precious Van Gogh being in the hands of the Trumps, even just for a borrowing, was right out of the question.

The request was rejected. But in it's place was offered another art exhibit at the Guggenheim which had come to the end of it's display period. A solid gold toilet (conjectured at costing about $1 million in gold to make) which was an "interactive exhibit", meaning that it was entirely usable. In fact it was all hooked up in it's own toilet where people would line up outside to use the thing.

The exhibit was titled "America" and was a pointed reference to the excesses of the wealthy few. You know, like Trump, who just loves his gold plated toilets. I can't imagine the feelings I would get about wealth and privilege sitting there shitting in a solid gold toilet. I guess why it was called "interactive" :)
The emailed response from the Guggenheim’s chief curator to the White House was polite but firm: The museum could not accommodate a request to borrow a painting by Vincent van Gogh for President and Melania Trump’s private living quarters. 

Instead, wrote the curator, Nancy Spector, another piece was available, one that was nothing like “Landscape With Snow,” the 1888 van Gogh rendering of a man in a black hat walking along a path in Arles, France, with his dog. 

The curator’s alternative: 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. 

For a year, the Guggenheim had exhibited “America” — the creation of contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan — in a public restroom on the museum’s fifth floor for visitors to use. 

But the exhibit was over and 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 Washington Post. 

The artist “would like to offer it to the White House for a long-term loan,” wrote Spector, who has been critical of Trump. “It is, of course, extremely valuable and somewhat fragile, but we would provide all the instructions for its installation and care.” The Washington Post  
Fragile? Egad, the mind boggles at the likes of Trumps overweight body sitting on the thing.