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Gold toilet in the Guggenheim will have its final flush in September

Maurizio Cattelan's "America" exhibit will end next month.
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There’s still time to use the gold toilet at the Guggenheim.

The fully functional, 18-karat gold toilet at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is part of the “America” exhibition and has been operating since last year. According to the Guggenheim, the exhibit will come to an end on September 15, and the gold toilet will see its final flush.

Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan designed the gold throne, and it is installed in a single-occupancy restroom located at the museum. The piece was made as part of an ongoing project at the museum that first opened last year at the same time. The “America” exhibit is modeled after a regular Kohler toilet and was made in Florence, Italy.  

“Cattelan’s toilet offers a wink to the excesses of the art market, but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all – its utility ultimately reminding us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity,” the Guggenheim announced in a press release for the exhibit.

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Basically, you can use the fabulous fixture the same way you use any other toilet at home or in a public restroom. Just make sure you flush after you handle your business.  

There’s always a long line of people waiting to use the lavish loo at the Guggenheim. Some have waited in line for more than an hour just to use the special toilet, and we anticipate the lines will be longer as the closing date approaches.

“More than 100,000 people have waited patiently in line for the opportunity to commune with art and with nature,” said Nancy Spector, the Guggenheim’s artistic director and chief coordinator, on the museum’s website.

So, there it is. Maurizio Cattelan’s “America” exhibit is over in a few weeks. We recommend you get to the Guggenheim and use the prestigious potty as soon as possible before the show ends and the opportunity goes down the drain. 

Maurizio Cattelan's gold toilet at the Guggenheim

 

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