About the Exhibition
On July 20th 1999 Falun Gong was banned in China, and since that date 11 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 practice 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.
Part of the exhibition is dedicated to showing how the practice of Falun Gong has changed people’s lives, providing them with a return to traditional Chinese values.
The artists featured are: Xiaoping Chen, Dr Xiqiang Dong, Tingyin Shi, Zhengping Chen, Kathleen Gillis, Yuan Li, Daci Shen, Ruizhen Gu and Dr Kunlun Zhang.
The exhibition comprises realistic oil paintings and Chinese watercolours from mostly Chinese artists and is presented by a registered charity, Zhen Shan Ren Art (UK) in conjunction with the Falun Dafa Association (UK).
La Galleria Pall Mall
30 Royal Opera Arcade
5b Pall Mall
Mon - Sat : 10am - 7pm
Except Mon 6th Aug (10am - 5pm) and Sat 18th Aug (10am - 4pm)