WTF: The Guggenheim Museum Now Has an 18K Gold Toilet for Use
Take Maurizio Cattelan’s latest work, for example. The Italian artist may have announced his retirement five years ago, but unable to stay away from the beloved art world, he turned to NYC’s Guggenheim Museum to stage his comeback.
It’s not the famed museum’s galleries you’ll find his latest piece in, though. Instead, you’ll have to head straight for the small public bathroom near the top of the spiral staircase, where you’ll be able to admire Maurizio’s 18K gold commode. Yes, you read that right: an 18K gold toilet. And here’s the kicker: It’s totally functional and open for use!
In a Facebook post unveiling the work, which is titled America and is an exact replica of the toilet that was there before it (ya know, minus the fact that’s it’s made of solid gold), the Guggenheim team pointed out that “in a gallery environment where visitors are usually told, ‘don’t touch,’ this is an extraordinary opportunity to spend time completely alone with a work of art.” Well, erm, we suppose that’s true!
Meanwhile, over on their website, the Guggenheim elaborates on the meaning behind this, shall we say, one of a kind art installation. “Cattelan’s toilet offers a wink to the excesses of the art market but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all,” they write. “Its utility ultimately [reminds] us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity.” Again, we suppose that is true.
Promoting the grand opening of America (which will be displayed indefinitely) on Facebook, the Guggenheim is encouraging everyone to give it a try. Or, at the very least, to check it out. Maybe take a selfie, if you’re bold enough? And if you’re curious about the logistics of it all, rest assured that the toilet will be cleaned every 15 minutes with special products that ensure its longevity.
The cleaning team will “use special wipes, like medical wipes, that don’t have any fragrance or color or oxidizers,” explained senior conservator of objects Nathan Otterson to The New Yorker. Sounds like the team is ready to take really special care of this royal toilet, although, we must say we like artist Maurizio’s cheeky suggestion best: “They’ll use Bulgari wipes and Chanel powder!”
Will you be using the Guggenheim’s new masterpiece? Tweet us @BritandCo.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)