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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Guggenheim Museum's 18-carat gold toilet to open to public

Members of the public are being invited to spend a penny in a solid gold toilet at New York City's Guggenheim Museum.
Italian artist and sculptor Maurizio Cattelan created the fully functional 18-carat gold lavatory, which he has titled America.





The, ahem, interactive exhibit has been installed in one of the Guggenheim's public bathrooms, reports the New Yorker.
The Fifth Avenue museum describes the piece as "a bold, irreverent work".



The lavatory replaced one of the Guggenheim's porcelain toilets in a one-person, unisex restroom.
Visitors who pay museum admission will be able to use it as they wish.
The Guggenheim said the piece is "ultimately reminding us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity".
The exhibit is aimed at "making available to the public an extravagant luxury product seemingly intended for the 1 percent", according to the museum.


"Its participatory nature, in which viewers are invited to make use of the fixture individually and privately, allows for an experience of unprecedented intimacy with a work of art," said the Guggenheim.
Cattelan, a Milan-based artist and a truck driver's son, hinted earlier this year that his creation had been inspired by economic inequality.

The exhibit has also drawn comparisons with Marcel Duchamp's avant-garde "Fountain", the porcelain urinal he exhibited in New York in 1917, causing a sensation in the art world.
Cattelan, 55, is known for his provocative sculptures, including La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour), which depicted Pope John Paul II floored by a meteorite.


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24 comments:

  1. Very interesting to name it America .. Hoping it'll turn one's poo to gold. Such a shame such costly work of art will be reduced to collecting and disposing human waste 😊

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    1. Darling it's just a work of art, there's nothing shameful about it. You should loosen up and appreciate it

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    2. Madam life is not dat serious. Live it joyfully.

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    3. So cos u saw shame now, u decided he was saying its a shameful thing. Lol. English really dey suffer ppl o.

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  2. Now there goes the worst to be deposited in the best. #shitingold

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  3. Choi there is money in this world ooo...shit business na really serious business..

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  4. Good to know





    #Enter your comment...

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  5. Chei, someone, any borry, epp me, I want to shit here... my destiny epper, leave bus use aero plane abeg

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  6. ..allows for an experience of unprecedented intimacy with a work of art.. Lmao

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  7. Very very soon we will hear that it was stolen and replaced with lookalike.
    Its a beautiful piece but I will pass. Yellow gold is a no no for me. Infact it irritates me.

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  8. Stella which kind waste of money be this

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  9. I will "mistakenly" chop off a part of it and "forget" to leave it behind.

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    1. You just talk my mind

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  10. #In life, you'll realize that there is a purpose for every person you meet. Some will teach you, and some will bring out the best in you*

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  11. Only the flush handle will getme beta money.

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  12. Try that in naija and that will go missing before it's launched.lol. nice work though

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  13. If na naija that toilet for don miss since lol

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