Czech Republic: Exhibition Presents the Creative Works of the Persecuted

Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance. That’s the title of the exhibition on show at the Kralovopolska Gallery in Husitska Street. It’s an exhibition of paintings by Chinese artists, all of whom are practitioners of Falun Gong.

The paintings depict the stories and experiences of artists themselves, as well as their fellow practitioners, who survived torture, forced labour camps and suppression.

The paintings, which will be displayed in Brno until February 17th, were exhibited in New York for the first time; then they travelled to Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and finally to Europe. Eighteen artworks came to the Czech Republic. Due to space constraints, only fifteen paintings could be shown in Brno’s exhibition.

Falun Gong, a traditional method for the cultivation of mind and body, based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance, has been persecuted in China since 1999 by the Communist Party. One meaning of this exhibition is to draw a contrast between the violent persecution and the deep meaning of personal cultivation and the development of moral character it inspires.

Former leader Jiang Zemin launched the elimination of Falun Gong campaign because the number of Falun Gong practitioners was greater than the membership of the Communist party. Official statistics at the end of 2001 reported that the number of practitioners who had died after being arrested or sentenced reached 1600. The number of missing people is supposedly several times higher.

Falun Gong centres are operating in the Czech Republic also. Their members monitor the situation in China and try to help by using various means. The latest activity was a gathering in Ostrava city, where people had the opportunity to sign a petition to end the persecution of Falun Gong.

A woman cries over her tortured husband. One of the paintings which can be seen at the Kralovopolska Gallery

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