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ACRITICALLY-acclaimed exhibition shedding light on the human rights struggle in China was launched in Cardiff this week.

Opened by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff Derrick Morgan, The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (truth, compassion, tolerance) runs at The Capitol Centre until the end of the month.

The exhibition is a moving, intimate and inspiring collection of works detailing both an inner spiritual life and an outer human rights tragedy.

Presented by the charity, Zhen Shan Ren Arts (UK), in conjunction with the Falun Dafa Association (UK), the exhibition has been touring various towns and cities for five years, including Caernarfon, Dover, Rye, Brighton, London, Cambridge, Reading, Oxford, Plymouth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Dundee, Liverpool, Manchester, Chichester, Bristol, Bath and Birmingham.

Realistic oil paintings and Chinese watercolours from mostly Chinese artists give a unique insight into the spiritual discipline Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa.

Falun Gong, a form of meditative exercise originating in China, is based on the principles of truth, compassion and tolerance. 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.

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.

The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren runs at The Capitol Centre, Cardiff until Wednesday, October 30. Opening times are 10am to 6pm, admission is free.


The Art Of Zhen Shan Ren can be seen at Capital Centre, Cardiff
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 18, 2013
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