New York’s Guggenheim Museum has always been among the more forward-thinking of contemporary art museums. The past several years have seen everything from a blockbuster James Turrell exhibition to Grimes’s album launch concert. But they may have just outdone themselves with an upcoming installation of a solid gold, fully-functional toilet.
But the 18-karat waste dispensary is serving more than just an aesthetic purpose, as it marks the return of world-famous artist Maurizio Cattelan from a self-imposed retirement. He did indeed have to clarify in a recent interview that he doesn’t “see it as a joke,” despite the objective reality that museum patrons will soon be defecating in an art piece he has titled Maurizio Cattelan: America.
The work will be installed right beside the museum’s other stalls, though the Guggenheim has prepared for the need of a guard to maintain an orderly queue. It will be open to the public beginning in May, subsequently proving that in the art world, one does indeed shit where one eats.
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