This Exhibition’s Crowning Jewel Is An 18k Gold-Plated Toilet

This Exhibition’s Crowning Jewel Is An 18k Gold-Plated Toilet

The piece, titled 'America,' is meant to raise questions about the country's wealth inequality

Laura Yan
  • 23 september 2016

You’ll find Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan‘s latest exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum in an unlikely location: inside a bathroom stall. Cattelan has installed a fully functioning toilet, cast in 18-karat gold, inside the museum’s bathroom. The piece, titled “America,” is meant to raise questions about the country’s wealth inequality —(for example, 400 individuals on the Forbes 400 list have as much wealth as 16 million African-American households)—by making an extravagant and bizarre luxury available to the public.

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