Damien Hirst, Cherry Blossoms – Complete Guide / ダミアン・ハースト、桜 -完全ガイド

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2022.3.2 – 5.23 @ The National Art Center, Tokyo Japan / 国立新美術館(東京都)


Damien Hirst, Cherry Blossoms / ダミアン・ハースト, 桜

World-famous contemporary artist Damien Hirst’s new work “Cherry Blossoms”, has landed in Japan for the first time! Take a look at all 24 huge works selected by Damien Hirst himself along with photographs.


kamenohiko / カメノヒコ

It’s not easy to go to the exhibition these days because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let me introduce all 24 artworks with photographs taken from various distances and angles in order to relive the atmosphere and power of the exhibition.


Overview / 展覧会概要

In his over 30-year career, the pre-eminent British contemporary artist Damien Hirst has explored a variety of themes including art, religion, science, and life and death, employing a wide range of media, such as painting, sculpture, and installation.
In his latest series of paintings, Cherry Blossoms, Hirst offers his own unique interpretation of Western painting from Post-Impressionism to Action painting, creating a group of brilliantly colored, dynamic landscapes. For Hirst, an artist who has continued to make abstract paintings since the late ’80s, the series is also a great achievement in terms of his use of color and pictorial space. The landscapes, the largest of which were executed on huge canvases with a height of over five meters and a length of seven meters, transport us into a fantastical world as we stand beneath the row of cherry trees in fleeting and vibrant bloom.

In 2021, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain presented this series for the first time internationally, and received great acclaim. It is interesting to note that the exhibition, Hirst’s first major solo show in Japan, will be held at the National Art Center, Tokyo, as the institution is surrounded by cherry trees, which attract a host of visitors every spring when the trees are in bloom. Hirst has specially selected 24 large-scale paintings from the series of 107 canvases for one of the Center’s galleries, and the exhibition is highly anticipated as a means of providing visitors with an opportunity to appreciate these pictorial expressions, and offering them a respite from the conditions of the coronavirus pandemic.
(source : Official website)

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イギリスを代表する現代作家であるダミアン・ハーストは、30年以上にわたるキャリアの中で、絵画、彫刻、インスタレーションと様々な手法を用い、芸術、宗教、科学、そして生や死といったテーマを深く考察してきました。最新作である〈桜〉のシリーズでは、19世紀のポスト印象派や20世紀のアクション・ペインティングといった西洋絵画史の成果を独自に解釈し、色彩豊かでダイナミックな風景画を完成させました。それはまた、1980 年代後半以降、継続的に抽象絵画を制作してきた作家にとっては、色彩や絵画空間に対する探究の大きな成果でもあります。大きいものでは縦5 メートル、横7メートルを超える画面に描かれた風景は、儚くも鮮やかに咲き誇る桜並木の下に身を置いた時のように、私たちを幻想的な世界に誘います。


Date / 開催期間

2022.3(March).2 ~ 5(May). 23
Closed on Tuesdays / 定休日:火曜日

Opening Hours / 開館時間

*10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)/ 毎週金・土曜日は20:00まで。入場は閉館の30分前まで

Venue / 会場

The National Art Center, Tokyo / Special Exhibition Gallery 2E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
国立新美術館 企画展示室2E, 〒106-8558 東京都港区六本木7-22-2

Organized by / 主催

The National Art Center, Tokyo / 国立新美術館,
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain / カルティエ現代美術財団、
Nikkei inc. / 日本経済新聞社(Co-organized /共催)

Admission / 観覧料

¥1,500(Adults / 一般)、¥1,200(College students / 大学生)、¥600円(High school students / 高校生)

Venue / 会場

Signboard / 看板

The National Art Center, Tokyo (Front : Glass Tea House – KOU-AN by Tokujin Yoshioka) / 国立新美術館(手前:吉岡徳仁 ガラスの茶室 – 光庵)

Entrance / 入口

Ticket / 入場券

Guide Map / ガイドマップ

Entrance Sign / 入口看板

Damien Hirst, Cherry Blossoms / ダミアン・ハースト 桜

Introduction / ごあいさつ


kamenohiko / カメノヒコ

First of all, I was surprised at the huge size of each work!


1. Fragility Blossom 儚い夢 (2018, 305*244cm)

kamenohiko / カメノヒコ

Look at the thickness of the painting!


2. Mountain Blossom 山桜 (2018, 274*183cm each)


kamenohiko / カメノヒコ

The impression of the works are totally different when you get closer.




3. Wonderful World Blossom 素晴らしい世界の桜 (2018, 305*244cm)

4. Sakura Life Blossom 生命の桜 (2018, 305*244cm each)




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