(NYDAILYNEWS) — Modern art is now front and center in an old White House room.

First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed her bold new look for the Old Family Dining Room in the White House, one that features soft gray walls instead of bright yellow, plus abstract paintings by Robert Rauschenberg, Josef Albers and Alma Thomas, the first work by an African-American artist to be displayed at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

“It’s kind of unbelievable that we haven’t done this before,” Obama told former first daughter and “Today” correspondent Jenna Bush Hager in an interview that aired Wednesday. “Modern art and design is such an important part of the American tradition.”

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