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Coffman Memorial Union
May 2-4, 2012
Free and Open to the public
Ancient Traditions Increasingly important in Turbulent Modern Times
The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren, opens an intimate window into ancient and contemporary China. The works reveal the traditional Chinese culture based around mind and body cultivation (self-improvement) and living in harmony with nature. With moral improvement, a resilient inner beauty arises. The re-emergence of this tradition in China has come through in the recent popularity of Falun Gong over the past 2 decades.
With beauty however, has come tragedy, as another side of the exhibition reveals the Chinese Communist Party's horrifying treatment of those who practice Falun Gong.
Since 2004, in a plight to relieve the pressure of the situation in China, the exhibition has toured some 200 cities in 40 countries throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia receiving numerous proclamations and letters of support from various government offices and other organizations.
Professor Zhang Kunlun, founder of the exhibition and former Director of the Institute of Sculpture at the Institute of Art in Shandong Province, China, 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."
Professor Zhang was detained for three months in a labor camp in China, simply because he believes in truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. In 2004, he started to work with other artists who practice Falun Gong to create this exhibition.