Guggenheim Museum plans to install genuine gold toilet

By Maria Martens Serrano - Thursday, April 21, 2016
Guggenheim Museum plans to install genuine gold toilet

Mauricio Cattelan has proposed to create a toilet made from real gold – 18 karats, to be precise – and the Guggenheim has eagerly agreed to install this sculpture in the museum.

Guggenheim Museum plans to install genuine gold toilet

Mauricio Cattelan has proposed to create a toilet made from real gold – 18 karats, to be precise – and the Guggenheim has eagerly agreed to install this sculpture in the museum. It is not exactly an installation piece, since it will take the place of a real toilet, meaning that it will be open for ‘use’. 

Soon, anyone will be able to have some one-on-one time with a genuine piece by Mauricio Cattelan, and relish the experience of ‘having a go’ on solid gold. Long lines, and many selfies, are expected.

The title of the piece, “Maurizio Cattelan: ‘America’”, as the piece itself, is unambiguously political. In a quote to the New York Times, Mr. Cattelan said: “There’s the risk that people will think of it as a joke, maybe, but I don’t see it as a joke.”

This comment comes as no surprise for an artist whose work always includes a strong dose of humour. There is also a clear connection between this piece and Mr. Cattelan’s print project Toilet Paper Magazine, founded in 2010 along with Italian photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari.

The golden toilet will be installed this coming May. 


Top image: An image created by the artist Maurizio Cattelan of his solid-gold toilet. 
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Maria Martens Serrano is a Dutch-Salvadoran writer. She studied under a liberal arts program at University College Utrecht, going on to graduate with an MSc in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam. Exploring a broad range of interests, Maria previously worked with a news website and a human rights NGO, before becoming involved with several art fairs in the Netherlands. She now writes on topics of arts and culture. In early 2015 Maria joined the team of Artdependence Magazine as editor and contributor.

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