The paintings of Cherry Blossoms exhibition by Damien Hirst will be exhibited at the Cartier Foundation until January 2, 2022. This is the artist’s first French museum exhibition in Paris, and it features thirty paintings, spread out all over the gallery space. This new art exhibition is a celebration of color within chaos, and most of all, a celebration of life!
The Cherry Blossoms are about beauty and life and death. They’re extreme – there’s something almost tacky about them. (…) They’re decorative but taken from nature. They’re garish and messy and fragile and about me moving away from Minimalism and the idea of an imaginary mechanical painter and that’s so exciting for me.Damien Hirst
In these artworks, Damien Hirst reinterprets the traditional paintings of landscapes, with a bit of his signature irony and playful style. Like confetti, the paintings are colored with pink, white, red, spots of green, working as an homage to one of the biggest are movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.
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The artist blends paint projections and more delicate touches. It results in a refreshing yet powerful and original floral immersion. He worked in these paintings for the past three years, including the pandemic period, and he picked a subject to honor nature’s beauty while showing its most harrowing side: cherry blossoms in full bloom under a crisp blue sky, an image so perfect he declares it distasteful and almost tacky.
The series is a return to the artist’s spontaneous joy of painting. With pieces named Renewal Blossom, Excitement Blossom, and even The Triumph of Death Blossom, the art exhibition in the Cartier Foundation features dozen of Damien Hirst’s oil paintings, selected by him and Hervé Chandès (General Director of the Fondation Cartier)!
Apart from this exhibition in Paris, Damien Hirst is opening the doors of his London atelier, allowing the viewer o discover the universe of the British artist, and displaying the entire 107 paintings of the Cherry Blossoms series.