When the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington reopens to the public, a Portrait of Donald Trump will be on display.
The portrait of Donald Trump will be shown in the museum’s America’s Presidents section, which includes portraits of every president since George Washington.
Concetta Duncan, the gallery’s head of marketing, told The Epoch Times by email that the portrait will be a new acquisition. A drawing, a photograph, or a work on paper may all be examples.
She explained, “The latest acquisition will be mounted on our walls prior to the museum’s reopening, at which time tourists will be able to see it if they secure a free, timed-entry pass.”
Duncan didn’t mention whether the piece had been done or who had been selected to build it. Trump’s team did not respond to a request for comment.
The portrait will not be shown in the gallery forever. Official portraits of former presidents are commissioned by the museum. The official portrait is still in the works, and no timetable can be given at this time.
Duncan said, “We are still in the discussion stages about the official commission.”
She also mentioned that the temporary piece would not be shown. At a special event, the true commission will be unveiled.
The Washingtonian was the first to print the Trump portrait.
Trump supporters are welcome, according to Kim Sajet, the museum’s director.
“We are a nonpartisan group, and we understand that public opinion exists on both sides of the issue,” Sajet explained. “As with all previous presidential commissions, we are unable to comment on how visitors will obtain the portraits once they are completed. That is the beauty of portraiture: different people respond to it in different ways.”
On February 12, 2018, a ceremony was held to unveil former President Barack Obama’s portrait. Kehinde Wiley created the painting. Amy Sherald painted a portrait of Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the United States.
It’s difficult to judge anything that is a portrait of you, Barack Obama said during the ceremony. But what I can say confidently is that I am in awe of Kehinde’s talents and what he and Amy have given to this country and to the world, and we are both very thankful to have been the focus of their attention for this brief moment, he added.
“It’s all dependent on chance, and Mr. President, I thank you for giving me a chance, and I thank you for having this nation to witness your magnificence.”