Epicureanism is a philosophy based on the teachings of Epicurus**. The school of Epicurus, founded in 306 B.C. is also called “The Garden” in reference to the philosopher’s home and garden near Athens where he held his teachings.

Epicurus’ philosophy, inspired by Democritus’ atomism, is centered on the understanding that philosophy’s main goal lies in achieving a state of tranquillity.

Hence the thoughts of Epicurus are based on three principles: First, the value of our senses and feelings as criteria of truth and happiness (pleasure); secondly the principle of atomism according to which objects are formed and modified by atoms constantly uniting and separating, whereas feelings are formed by layers of atoms that radiate from those objects and thereby affect the atoms of the soul; thirdly, his semi-atheism which accepts the existence of gods but denies them any form of interference on the making and governance of the world.

In short, Epicurus believes that the highest good is pleasure (ἡδονή) and, at the same time, that the criterion of truth is sensitive knowledge, or rather that only the senses are true and infallible and should therefore be cared for constantly.

Surely, the garden, seen as an eco system, is an ideal place for everyone to move freely and to express their opinions. Besides, it can favor debates with a historical perspective – an undisputed and valid tool for the knowledge and understanding of religious, artistic, poetic and literary expressions – deeply satisfying, despite their peripatetic appearance.

Oeuvre-AAlessandro Agudio
« Kaleenji », 2012
Resin, iron, toulipier wood
110 x 40 x 40 cm

Oeuvre-BStefania Batoeva
« CX5791 », 2015
Oil on canvas
230 x 180 cm

Oeuvre-DSimon Dybboe Møller
« Sporting #3 », 2013
Spray concrete, mannequin, baseball bats, virgin wool
187,5 x 70 x 67 cm

Oeuvre-GCarson Fisk-Vittori
« Sponsored by Aide, An, Asiaq, Dodola, Mari, Pakhet, Saranya, Tamar, Tempestas », 2015
Direct print on dibond, step and repaet patterns of logos
122 x 183 cm

Oeuvre-HCarson Fisk-Vittori
« Sponsored by Aide, An, Asiaq, Dodola, Mari, Pakhet, Saranya, Tamar, Tempestas »(Detail), 2015
Direct print on dibond, step and repaet patterns of logos
122 x 183 cm

Oeuvre-KDaniel Keller
« TED Talks Tag Cloud Coconuts », 2013
Mini mp3 player/speaker, audio loop (18 mins), coconut
15 x 12 x 12 cm

Oeuvre-LSpencer Longo
«  Mud Dynasty (Fennel and Flowers) », 2015
Mudjug portable spittoon, scented was, candied fennel, wick
10,5 x 12, 5 cm

Oeuvre-MSpencer Longo
« Mud Dynasty (Fennel and Fresh Laundry) », 2015
Mudjug portable spittoon, scented waw, candied fennel, wick
10,5 x 12,5 cm

Oeuvre-NPakui Hardware
« The Metaphysics of the Runner », 2014
Synthetic fabric, acrylic paint
160 x 150 cm

Oeuvre-OPakui Hardware
« The Metaphysics of the Runner », 2014
Synthetic fabric, acrylic paint
160 x 150 cm

Oeuvre-PPakui Hardware
« Untitled (Porcelaine.Central Park) », 2013
Porcelain
10 x 13 cm

Oeuvre-QPakui Hardware
« Untitled (Porcelaine.Central Park) », 2013
Porcelain
10 x 13 cm

Oeuvre-RMatthew Smith
« Nectarine T-Shirt », 2015
T-Shirt
76 x 88 x 10 cm

Oeuvre-SAnna Virnich
«  Untitled (#24) », 2015
Nylon, duchess-silk, cotton on wooden stretch frame
150 x 120 cm

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You Will find me If you Want me in the garden,

curated by Domenico De Chirico

Galerie Valentin, Paris, France, 2015
-Photo :  © Sylvie Chan-Liat, Courtesy of the artists

www.galeriechezvalentin.com