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The man behind Barack Obama's official portrait has artwork on display in Montreal

Simran Singh Feb 15, 2018 6:18 am 147

On Monday, former US president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama had their official portraits revealed at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, DC.

Obama’s portrait depicts him sitting in front of a blooming garden backdrop. It was painted by New York City artist Kehinde Wiley.

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While Obama’s portrait won’t be on display in Montreal, you will be able to find some of Wiley’s work in the city.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MBAM) tweeted yesterday that one of Wiley’s portraits, called “Simeon the god-receiver,” can be found in its contemporary galleries in the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion.

And it looks like  Montrealers are keen on getting a glimpse at Wiley’s stunning artwork.

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This Obama connection is definitely worth a trip to the gallery, so be sure to check it out!

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Simran Singh
Simran is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She enjoys writing about culture, society, and politics. In her spare time, she drinks too much coffee and listens to a lot of Beyoncé. Have a story idea? Email her: [email protected]

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