Donald Trump asked the Guggenheim Museum in New York if he could borrow a Van Gogh painting from the museum, but the Guggenheim responded that it could not accommodate the request. Instead, they offered Trump a golden toilet. Talk about an appropriate response.
“We could not offer Donald Trump a painting by Van Gogh,” said Zella Nesbit, the Global Response Manager and Usability Executive at the Guggenheim. “Can you imagine? We’d probably never get it back.”
Nesbit said that she consulted with the museum’s Office of Acquisitions, Loans, Deaccessions, Storage, and Security of Artwork in Transit, and they selected the most applicable work of art that characterized the Trump presidency.
“Among the staff,” said Nesbit, “the golden toilet was a unanimous choice. This is representational art at its best.”
There has been no word yet as to whether or not Trump has accepted the museum’s offer.
The entire affair called to mind the poem “A gag as uproarious as this” (below on the left) by Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson’s third cousin, twice removed – at her request). Dickinson’s poem inspired third cousin Emily to pen her poem “In rags mysterious as these” (below on the right).
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
A gag us uproarious as this
The shining Toilet of gold –
Trolling with purpose, and aplomb –
Trolling with cunning too.
Smiling, that they requested art
A Van Gogh was his goal!
Smiling, when he sits bare assed
Upon his golden bowl!
By Emily Dickinson:
In rags mysterious as these
The shining Courtiers go –
Veiling the purple, and the plumes –
Veiling the ermine so.
Smiling, as they request an alms –
At some imposing door!
Smiling when we walk barefoot
Upon their golden floor!