Trump Portrait To Debut At National Portrait Gallery In D.C.
When the National Portrait Gallery reopens on May 14, a portrait of former President Donald Trump will be released in the presidential exhibit, but not the official portrait.
The official portrait is still in the works as the gallery is in continuous contact with Trump. Creating and displaying the official portrait could take up to two years.
“There’s always a sense of transition when we install a new presidential portrait,” Dorothy Moss, the gallery’s curator of painting and sculpture, told the Washington Post.
When the final portrait is done, the museum will invite Trump, his family and guests to the unveiling.
In addition to his family and friends, the museum plans to welcome Trump’s supporters, who are expected to come to D.C. and see the official portrait.
“We are a non-partisan institution and understand that there are public opinions on both sides of the fence,” National Portrait Gallery director Kim Sajet told the Washingtonian. “As with all recent presidential commissions, we are unable to speculate as to how visitors will receive the portraits once completed. That is the beauty of portraiture: How it is received is always different for different people.”