Donald Trump and the First Lady seem to have personal style towards all things splendid and shiny, and apparently were quite unimpressed by the decor of the White House.
Therefore Donald Trump reportedly asked the Guggenheim for the loan of Van Gogh’s 1888 Landscape With Snow for the White House – but was instead offered a solid gold sculpture of a functioning toilet by Maurizio Cattelan, which was used by around 100,000 visitors.
The piece, named America, designed as “a cipher for the excesses of affluence” which seemed to be inspired by Mr Trump’s decision to run for the White House, had been on display at the museum all of last year and resulted in countless selfies showing visitors in the museum’s bathroom.
“We are sorry not to be able to accommodate your original request, but remain hopeful that this special offer may be of interest,” curator Nancy Spector replied in an email to the White House, according to the Washington Post.
Mr Cattelan, who has previously been critical of Mr Trump told the newspaper the issue was “very delicate” and asked about his offer of a loan, he said: “What’s the point of our life? Everything seems absurd until we die and then it makes sense.”
Images via Guggenheim, Vulture