On August 8th, 2008, German Falun Gong Association held an International Truthfulness Compassion Tolerance Art Exhibition in Lorranch, a border town in southwestern Germany. Not only did it draw much attention from politicians, but reporters of some media also came to cover the event. Many people came to see the exhibition one after another.
|Visitors listen to Falun Gong practitioners’ interpretation of the artistic works on display|
The exhibition was held at an exhibition hall in the center of Lorranch from August 8th to 18th. As the Chinese Communist regime held the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics on the 8th to show off its “prowess” to the whole world, the holding of the International Truthfulness Compassion Tolerance Art Exhibition is very good to expose the Chinese regime’s atrocities of cruelly persecuting Falun Gong practitioners. In fact, there have been serious human right abuses behind the Olympics.
All of the 28 paintings on display were created by the artists who cultivate Falun Gong and has been exhibited at over 100 cities in more than 40 countries around the world. They were very popular wherever they were exhibited and touched numerous viewers’ hearts.
Every painting on display connoted a facet of Falun Gong practitioners' experience. Artists used artistic techniques to vividly convey what had happened and what are happening in China to the people around the globe. Their contents are meaningful, besides providing viewers with aesthetic enjoyment.
When seeing the paintings about the anti-torture exhibitions exposing the Chinese Communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, many viewers were so shocked that they could hardly believe such cruel atrocities are still widely happening across China today.
Among the viewers, some were so enraged that they asked the Falun Gong practitioner who interpreted the paintings in the hall, “How such barbaric atrocities could happen today? Why politicians in democratic countries haven’t voiced their condemnation of the persecution?
Some burst into tears after viewing the paintings about Falun Gong practitioners’ great perseverance and steadfastness in the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance, regardless of their lives, in the face of cruel torture. They also expressed their respect and support for Falun Gong to the practitioners around.
Some people stayed in the exhibition hall for a long while, staring at the paintings one after another and contemplating deeply.
During the ten days of the exhibition, dozens of touching feedbacks were written with careful handwriting on the notebook by visitors. Many people signed the petition calling for a stop to the persecution. Some visitors have become very interested in Falun Gong, while others left the messages as follows. “I spotted Falun Gong practitioners practising the exercises and meditation in a park before. The practitioners there were very peaceful and not like what the Chinese regime mentioned in its propaganda. Every Falun Gong practitioners interpreted the paintings for visitors at the exhibition looked like very kind and peaceful. Though the group has been suppressed by the Chinese regime for so many years, it seems that not only was Falun Gong not eliminated, but more and more people are aware of Falun Gong and concerned about it. Though Falun Gong is an oriental Buddhist cultivation practice, it has attracted so many people from different ethnic backgrounds to practise it. Falun Gong practitioners are even willing to risk their lives in defence of their belief. Falun Gong must have something magnificent and must be really great.”
Many visitors came to the reception desk and asked for more information before leaving. They expressed that they would pass the magnificence of Falun Gong and the information about the facts of the persecution to their relatives and friends. Some of the visitors came to the exhibition with cameras. They said that they would show the pictures of the paintings to those who haven’t known the truth, so that more and more people would be able to join in the campaign to stop this human rights disaster as soon as possible.
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