The Guggenheim Museum couldn't accommodate President Donald Trump's request to borrow a Van Gogh for his and Melania's private living quarters.
The solid gold, fully functioning toilet is a work by artist Maurizio Cattelan titled "America", and it was installed in one of the museum's bathrooms for a temporary exhibition in 2016; guests were able to use it one by one, and it was wiped down every 15 minutes.
Rather than suggest another painting from its collection, the museum proposed something quite different: "Fortuitously", Spector wrote in an email obtained by the Post, "America" was available after being "installed in one of our public restrooms for all to use in a wonderful act of generosity". Still, the Guggenheim's chief curator demurred, offering a perhaps even more appropriate work of art for their household.
Spector, who could not be reached for comment either, has been vocal about her distaste for the Trump presidency and penned an extensive blog post about the gilded lavatory this past summer, entitled "Maurizio Cattelan's Golden Toilet in the Time of Trump".
But the president is also a well-known germophobe, and it's an open question whether he would accept a previously used toilet, 18-karat or otherwise.
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But Trump's rise came after Cattelan conceived of the toilet.
"Whatever you eat, a two-hundred-dollar lunch or a two-dollar hot dog, the results are the same, toilet-wise", he has said. Asked if Armstrong supported the curator's offer of the toilet to the White House, the Guggenheim's spokeswoman replied, "We have nothing further to add".
Spector told the White House that the painting the Trumps had requested, Van Gogh's 1888 watercolor "Landscape With Snow", was "prohibited from travel except for the rarest of occasions" and was on its way to Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain.