The Art of Zhen Shan Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance) International Art Exhibition was created by a group of accomplished artists using classical and academic painting techniques. Canadian Artists Xiaoping Chen, Kathleen Gillis, and Kunlun Zhang are the founders of the exhibition, which features award-winning pieces from NTD TV International Figure Painting Competitions. Since its debut in July 2004 in Washington, D.C. at the Rayburn House and at the U.S. Congress building, the exhibition has toured over 300 cities, in over 50 countries, with over 800 shows and has inspired millions of viewers.
The exhibit is an extraordinarily moving and inspiring one detailing both an inner spiritual life and an outer human rights tragedy. It gives unique insights into the spiritual discipline Falun Gong (also called Falun Dafa), and explores the manifestation of good and evil in the context of a modern human atrocity. The art in this show helps illustrate the glorious path of the artists as they strive to revive the foundation of human morality, return to orthodox art forms, and spread the principles of the universe—Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance—throughout the world.
Falun Gong is an advanced practice of self-cultivation—a way to improve wellness and attain spiritual wisdom. The practice is from the Buddha School and is based on easy-to-learn exercises, meditation, and the universal values of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Gong teaches that these are the most fundamental qualities of the universe, and takes them to be a guide for daily life and practice. Many practitioners testified that the practice has brought them health and serenity.
“Our art is the product of a pure heart. Our personal experience are being reflected in our works. Art is able to greatly influence the mentality of people. It is also directly connected with human morals. They interact.”
-Prof. Kunlun Zhang
“This exhibition is of high quality with a strong message, and thus will attract many people.”
-Mr. Aldon James
Director of the National Arts Club
Manhattan, New York