An exhibition detailing both an inner spiritual life and an outer human rights tragedy is going on show at The Poly in Falmouth in October. The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren International Art Exhibition has already toured over 200 cities across 40 counties. It features realistic oil paintings and Chinese watercolours from mostly Chinese artists giving a unique insight into the spiritual discipline Falun Gong.
Falun Gong is a form of meditative exercise originating in China and is based on the principles of truth, compassion and tolerance. On July 20th 1999 Falun Gong was banned in China, and since that date thirteen years ago many thousands of practitioners have been tortured in an effort to "transform" them. Part of the exhibition deals with the terrifying ordeals people – including the artists themselves – have gone through.
Professor Zhang Kunlun, founder of the exhibition and former Director of the Institute of Sculpture at the Institute of Art in Shandong, himself a practitioner of Falun Gong, said: "Our art comes from a pure heart and our work reflects our personal experience. Art is able to greatly influence the way people think and it also directly connects with human morality. And the two interact."
Dr Zhang was detained for three months in a labour camp in China. In 2004, he started to work with other artists who practise Falun Gong to create this exhibition. United by their experiences, the artists use their art to tell their stories, speak out and call for an end to the persecution of Falun Gong in China.
Eddie Aitken, promoter of the exhibition in the UK, said: "These paintings express both the inner life of a Falun Gong practitioner and the shocking human rights tragedy that is currently unfolding in China. Our exhibition is a rare opportunity to see the art that has moved and inspired so many people around the world."
The exhibition will be officially opened by the Mayor of Falmouth, Geoffrey Evans, on 8th October and will run until 19th October. Admission is free.
For more information on the exhibition visit http://www.zsr-art.org.uk
For more information on The Poly click here.