Dissident art show opens in town hall
A LOOK at the practice of Falun Gong – a Chinese meditative exercise – and the torture of those doing it after it was banned in China in 1999 is the focus of an exhibition in Dover.
Oil paintings and Chinese watercolours exploring the subject will be on show at the town hall from June 11 to June 16.
Professor Zhang Kunlun, founder of the exhibition and former Director of the Institute of Sculpture at the Institute of Art in Shandong, 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.
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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 practice Falun Gong to create the exhibition.
The artists featured are Xiaoping Chen, Dr Xiqiang Dong, Tingyin Shi, Zhengping Chen, Kathleen Gillis, Yuan Li, Daci Shen, Ruizhen Gu and Dr Kunlun Zhang.
Since 2004 the exhibition has toured 200 cities in 40 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia.
Entry to the exhibition is free.
Opening times for the show at the town hall are June 11, noon to 6pm; June 12-13, 10am to 6pm; June 14-15, 10am to 8pm and June 16, 10am to 5.30pm.