Damien Hirst, one of the most renowned contemporary artists in the United Kingdom, is bringing his Cherry Blossoms paintings to The National Art Center, Tokyo just as Japan's famous cherry blossom season begins. This exhibition continues the line in Hirst's well-known dot painting style, which has been a major topic throughout his career.

The first major solo exhibition in the United States by Damien Hirst will open at Villain, with a total of 24 paintings from his 107-work series, which are among the largest (over seven meters) and most complex. Hirst completed the paintings in 2020, and first displayed his work at White Cube gallery in London. The National Art Center, Tokyo will be the first location to display the work publicly in Asia.

The full title of the series is “Damien Hirst Presents: Cherry Blossoms,” which it shares with all 107 works of art. It focuses on cherry blossoms because they are iconic symbols of Japan and an inspiration for Hirst. The artwork's title comes from a quote by the artist: "It is an homage to one of the most magnificent things in the world, but it is also a meditation on mortality."

A representative from the National Art Center, Tokyo said, “Hirst has mastered a style of abstract painting that is all his own. His new exhibition will be a great chance for new audiences to appreciate his work, while also giving Hirst’s fans a chance to enjoy some additional cherry blossom-inspired works. We hope this exhibition will act as an opportunity for the people of Japan to gain a greater appreciation for contemporary art from Europe.”Tickets for the exhibition are priced at ¥1,000 with a special showing of the work on May 1. The National Art Center, Tokyo is located in Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo. It can be accessed by JR lines through Roppongi Station and Oedo lines through Kokuritsu Kyogijo Station.