The art of Zhen, Shan, Ren at Kingston Museum

PUBLISHED: 11:27 30 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:40 20 February 2013

The art of Zhen, Shan, Ren at Kingston Museum

The art of Zhen, Shan, Ren at Kingston Museum

The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren, is a moving, intimate and inspiring exhibition detailing both an inner spiritual life and an outer human rights tragedy.

The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren, is a moving, intimate and inspiring exhibition detailing both an inner spiritual life and an outer human rights tragedy.


Set for Kingston Museum from Friday February 1 to Sunday March 2, the international art exhibition features realistic oil paintings and Chinese watercolours from mostly Chinese artists to give a unique insight into the spiritual discipline Falun Gong.


A form of meditative exercise originating in China, Falun Gong 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 peoples lives, providing them with a return to traditional Chinese values.


On July 20, 1999, Falun Gong was banned in China, and since that date 13 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.


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, says Professor Zhang Kunlun, founder of the exhibition and former director of the Institute of Sculpture at the Institute of Art in Shandong.


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.


There will be a private view on Thursday January 31, 7pm to 9pm.



  • Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2PS

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