The Washington Post on Thursday published an incredible story on Donald Trump’s effort to “borrow” a Vincent Van Gogh painting for use in the president and First Lady’s living quarters.
According the report, the Guggenheim’s chief curator Nancy Spector replied that she was not able to accommodate the president’s request, she was able to offer an “alternative.” As the Post reports, Spector’s offer was ‘an 18-karat, fully functioning, solid gold toilet—an interactive work entitled ‘America,’” by artist Maurizio Cattelan.
Spector added the artist “would like to offer it to the White House for a long-term loan.” asked about his offer to the Trumps, Cattelan told the Post, “What’s the point of our life? Everything seems absurd until we die and then it makes sense.”
The Internet on Thursday was thoroughly amused by what users saw as the perfect metaphor for Trump’s presidency.
Read the replies below:
I have peed in this toilet. That's really all I have to add. https://t.co/RPOf1b0m8H— Chandra Steele (@Chandra Steele)1516909247.0
White House: Gimme art by the ear guy. Guggenheim: Literally you are a piece of shit have a nice day fund the arts… https://t.co/58VD74cso7— R. Eric Thomas (@R. Eric Thomas)1516909494.0
Oh, sh**, that's cold. The Trumps asked to borrow a Van Gogh for the White House. The Guggenheim offered an 18K g… https://t.co/kyFUQnN1Wa— Sean Gallagher 高老鼠 🐭💻⚒ (@Sean Gallagher 高老鼠 🐭💻⚒)1516909514.0
.@washingtonpost says it’s “an 18-karat, fully functioning, solid gold toilet - an interactive work entitled ‘Ameri… https://t.co/E11UzHneTU— Derick Waller (@Derick Waller)1516908906.0
Cheers to the trolls at the Guggenheim. https://t.co/VFOC3ehrKK— dr. full participant (@dr. full participant)1516910040.0
Strong work, @Guggenheim. Strong work. https://t.co/ku755m9DBd— Mike Bates (@Mike Bates)1516909910.0
“What’s the point of our life? Everything seems absurd until we die and then it makes sense.” Now that’s a way to… https://t.co/KV3Q6cKs8n— Hadas Gold (@Hadas Gold)1516908864.0
Extremely tickled by this quote from the artist whose golden toilet the Guggenheim tried to give to Donald Trump… https://t.co/YLFrTf78Mg— Rafi (@Rafi)1516910008.0
I am LIVING for this shade 👏👏👏👏👏👏 https://t.co/6XJr4WlJEn— MJ Franklin (@MJ Franklin)1516908937.0
When asked why the he offered the toilet to the Trumps, the artist said, “What’s the point of our life? Everything… https://t.co/Uu7pqxIe5o— MJ Franklin (@MJ Franklin)1516909572.0
Nothing says America like a solid gold toilet, Mr. President! https://t.co/oS7CDFT4CF— Andrew Heining (@Andrew Heining)1516908729.0
Well played, @Guggenheim! https://t.co/oA1MUAmZHZ— Markos Moulitsas (@Markos Moulitsas)1516909257.0
In the year of our Lord two thousand and eighteen, even the Guggenheim dunks on the President of the United States. https://t.co/Pym2im4PQ0— Scott Wampler™ (@Scott Wampler™)1516910286.0
It's funny and sad at the same time. 😭We all know how much Donny loves his gold 🙄🤡. Very thoughtful on behalf of th… https://t.co/qftFpNQbfX— Jason Collins (@Jason Collins)1516910948.0
I 💩 you not! The @Guggenheim is the best. 🚽 https://t.co/dvVN4VVKf2— PJ Sykes (@PJ Sykes)1516910868.0
What a crappy thing for Guggenheim to do https://t.co/FXKgrp8uI0— Melanie Cohen (@Melanie Cohen)1516911051.0
Oh yeah, doesn’t get any better. Trump wants a Van Gogh painting for WH; Guggenheim says no, offers a solid gold to… https://t.co/c0IVJYSRsT— Wayne Slater (@Wayne Slater)1516911249.0