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President Frank Underwood’s Portrait Is Hanging in the National Portrait Gallery

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The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. features paintings of presidents from throughout our nation's history. Now, it's also home to a portrait of one famous—albeit fictional—Commander in Chief. 

In a case of art imitating life and life imitating art, a 6-foot-tall portrait of Kevin Spacey's House of Cards character Frank Underwood was unveiled at last night's premiere party for the Netflix hit's fourth season. Spacey himself was present for the ceremony, and addressed the audience. "I’m pleased that the Smithsonian continues to prove itself as a worthwhile institution," Spacey said in Underwood's characteristic southern drawl, according to ABC News. "I’m one step closer to convincing the rest of the country that I am the president."

The painting was the work of portrait artist Jonathan Yeo, who previously collaborated with Spacey on a portrait of the actor as Richard III for London's National Portrait Gallery. Underwood's portrait can currently be seen hanging in the entrance of the gallery, and will remain on display through October. House of Cards returns to Netflix on March 4.

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See the Secret Paintings Hidden in Gilded Books
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The art of vanishing fore-edge painting—hiding delicate images on the front edges of gilded books—dates back to about 1660. Today, British artist Martin Frost is the last remaining commercial fore-edge painter in the world. He works primarily on antique books, crafting scenes from nature, domestic life, mythology, and Harry Potter. Great Big Story recently caught up with him in his studio to learn more about his disappearing art. Learn more in the video below.

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Candytopia, the Interactive Art Installation Made of Sweet Treats, Is Coming to New York City
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A colorful exhibition is sharing some eye candy—and actual candy—with visitors. The sweet art pop-up, called Candytopia, is heading to New York City this summer following successful stints in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Gothamist reports.

Candytopia feels a little like Willy Wonka’s chocolate room. More than a dozen rooms with psychedelic backdrops will be on view, as well as candy-inspired interpretations of famous artworks such as Mona Lisa and The Thinker. The installation is the brainchild of Jackie Sorkin, the star of TLC’s Candy Queen.

Many of the art installations are made from actual candy, but unlike Wonka’s lickable wallpaper, visitors will have to keep their hands and tongues to themselves. Instead, guests will be given samples of various sweet treats like gummies, chocolates, and “nostalgic favorites.”

Forbes named Candytopia one of the best pop-up museums to visit in 2018. New York City seems the perfect place for the exhibit, having formerly hosted other food-inspired pop-ups like the Museum of Pizza and the Museum of Ice Cream.

Candytopia will debut in New York City on August 15 at Penn Plaza at 145 West 32nd Street. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they can be ordered on Candytopia’s website. Private events and birthday parties can also be arranged.

Keep scrolling to see some more installations from Candytopia.

A wing of the Candytopia exhibit
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An Egyptian-inspired statue made of candy
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A candy version of the Mona Lisa
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A shark statue
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[h/t Gothamist]

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