The Falun Dafa Twin Cities Club presents the traveling Truth-Compassion-Tolerance International Art Exhibition will be held at University of Minnesota Coffman Memorial Union on May 5, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and May 6, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m with a tentative Q and A via the Internet with Prof. Zhang, featured Artist and Main Coordinator, and a celebration, speech and discussion from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall, University of Minnesota Coffman Memorial Union.
The exhibit has toured more than 40 countries and 200 cities worldwide. It includes award-winning pieces from 2008 NTDTV Chinese International Painting Competition. The oil on canvas exhibit features internationally acclaimed artists portraying the experiences, visions, and hope of Falun Dafa cultivators as they attempt to safeguard justice and peace while upholding their values in truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. The paintings depict these timeless values, often taken for granted, but even more cherished in challenging times.
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Media: Oil on canvas, watercolor, pastel on paper, silk paints on
silk,fiberglass, and mixed media.
The Art of Truth Compassion Tolerance brings together the work of artists who share in common the practice of Falun Dafa. All have emigrated from China with the exception of one, Kathleen Gillis, who is Canadian. Some of the artists have experienced stark deprivations of their rights
while living in China, simply on account of their identity. Much of what is portrayed in the exhibit is inspired by the artist’s own, first- hand experiences to this effect. Several pieces are inspired by the artist’s inner experience.
The exhibit’s pieces give poignant, visual treatment to important events in China while simultaneously depicting the inner life of the
artist. The combination provides an intimate, and altogether unique, window into one important (and often untold) part of the Chinese
experience at the beginning of the 21st century; as of 1999, over 70 million Chinese had made Falun Dafa, a meditation discipline, a
part of their lives. The themes of their work are at once particular and universal.
The exhibit should appeal to a wide range of persons, including first and foremost those who appreciate new explorations in the fine arts;
those interested in the relation of art to the social world; and those interested in the human experience more broadly, and the human capacity
to overcome adversity. Those concerned with the contemporary world, in particular China, will find special importance in the issues engaged therein.
Much of what the art depicts is currently unfolding there, and indeed, drawn from real events. The exhibit is timely and relevant.
The painting technique and style is mostly classical, as the artists apply classical oil painting techniques used by the old masters. They
thus refer to their art-form as “Neo-Renaissance.” Several other works involve classical Chinese motifs, and are painted on silk or paper.
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