The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance) International Exhibition is a unique compilation of oil paintings and watercolors that have been displayed in more than 50 countries. The artists, who’re mostly Chinese, practice Falun Gong, and a portion of the paintings depict the suffering that followers of the spiritual practice have been subject to under the Chinese regime. The founder of this exhibition is a survivor of the present-day genocide himself. There are also numerous paintings in the Exhibition that highlight the joy the artists have experienced by cultivating themselves according to the ancient cultivation way.
“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,” said Prof. Kunlun Zhang.
A sculptor of renown, Zhang has won many awards, and his work is often featured in exhibitions around the world. In China, he was detained and tortured four times for his refusal to give up practicing Falun Gong.
When he was being illegally detained, a Chinese police officer told him, “If you die, we will bury you and tell everyone you committed suicide because you were afraid of a criminal charge.”
Because he had dual Canadian Chinese citizenship, a huge 900-person delegation from Canada to China was able to exert enough pressure on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to demand his release. In 2001, he was able to settle in Canada.
Prof. Zhang then founded “The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren” international art exhibition. He hopes the artists, by using their brushes, can awaken the world’s people to the situation in China and also, by their painting, demonstrate the beauty of their peaceful meditation practice.
“Great artwork has an energy that can benefit people, this is our intention,” said Prof. Kunlun.
Georges Djukanovic, an engineer, sociologist, and international political scientist, saw the Exhibition in the French city of Beaune.
“I was moved by these beautiful paintings,” he said, as reported by Minghui.
“Each painting has a voice and wants to say something, such as the one that depicts the ruthless torture [of a Falun Gong practitioner].
“We want to offer our hands and say to him, ‘Come out of there!’ And in the painting, Setting the Cosmos in Motion, one could see that the Master had given all his heart and energy to everyone.
“The exhibition is awakening people, and that is important. It’s time for people to wake up, to act, because our planet is in danger. What we’re witnessing now is human beings’ self-destruction, which won’t last long!” said Djukanovic.
A description of the painting, Setting the Cosmos in Motion, is featured on the Shen Yun website.
“Everything of mankind is amid formation-stasis-degeneration-destruction, which characterized the previous cosmos. Human morality today has deteriorated to an unprecedented extent, and mankind is at an extremely dangerous stage.
“Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance awakens a person’s conscience in this historical moment, enabling one to escape eternal damnation. This is God’s greatest mercy and mankind’s last hope. Only those who are truly upright and who can set themselves apart from the wicked can be saved.
“The majestic scene shows the energy field generated by Master Li Hongzhi, which penetrates many dimensions. Within each circle, it depicts the different ways Falun Gong practitioners raise awareness of the atrocities happening in China.”
Another visitor, hospital administrator Chantal Asenbeler, was also moved at the sight of these paintings. “As soon as I entered the exhibition hall, I felt a sense of calm and peace,” she said. “I felt a lot of positive energy in my hands.”
“Although some of the paintings depicted scenes of torture and persecution, which was very sad, I could still feel a lot of compassion and energy from them, too. I felt so good being there that I didn’t want to leave!” Asenbeler added.
After the Parade:
“A women [sic] pauses for a respite, calm both outwardly and inwardly, after the day’s events. The paper lotus flower cupped in her hand suggest [sic] that she has partaken in one of Falun Dafa’s many parades. Such events seek to share with spectators beauty and grace, and raise awareness of rights violations in China. In recent years many Chinese followers of Falun Dafa have returned to their cultural roots. The vase at left displays the three Chinese characters “truth,” “compassion,” and “tolerance.”
Next time the exhibition comes to your city, be sure not to miss it.
Meet the artists of the exhibition in the video below: