8 May-8 June 2008. The Galleria 1000 Eventi presents De Rerum Natura, an exhibition of the works of 12 international contemporary artists, who have distinguished themselves by the originality of their works on the theme of nature.
The poem De Rerum Natura was composed by Titus Lucretius in the first century BC and introduced the principles of Epicurean philosophy to the late Republican Rome, which was living a deep institutional crisis and a period of great uncertainty. De Rerum Natura analysed the physics of the natural world, but also faced great existential questions such as the fear of death, the loneliness of man and the end of the world. It introduced completely new and unprecedented concepts for its time, such as the free will.
This exhibition opens with an unpublished work by Andrea Mastrovito and Primaveral, a large canvas dedicated to Eros by Julian Schnabel. These are followed by works of four artists who have carried out their own research into the world of nature. Furthermore a small room, a sort of Wunderkammer, hosts a collection of works depicting contemporary fears and taboos, by Andy Warhol, Guillermo Kuitca, Wim Delvoye, Joel-Peter Witkin and Charles Long. The show ends with two works by Anselmo and Grazia Toderi, which represent the light of reason and the solitude of man.