“The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance)” July 1 – July 18, 2015 at ARIA Art Gallery, Florence

Tragedy in China

The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance)

July 1 – July 18, 2015

ARIA Art Gallery, Florence

Opening: June 30 from 6:30-10:00pm

This is art meant to inform the viewer, inspire the soul, and enable the spirit. Many viewers of the exhibition have remarked at the sense of peace, calm and of beauty, that they feel standing in the presence of these works.

The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance) has toured more than 50 countries and 800 cities worldwide since July 2004.

This July in Florence, the exhibition kicks off its European grand tour, following a Renaissance trail to introduce Neo-Renaissance style painting throughout Europe over the next 5 years. This particular set of paintings and statue to be displayed in Florence was created especially for the European Tour and brought over from New York for an exhibition at Pollok House in Glasgow, UK in 2013.

Storytelling has long been one of fine art’s greatest joys, and this exhibition’s ability to cross cultural, lingual and ethnic barriers is highlighted each time it is shown.

At the heart of the works are Truth, Compassion and Tolerance – universal qualities that form the cornerstone of human morality. The artists take inspiration from these principles, seeking a return to orthodox art form and creating more than just beautiful art.

Through deeply expressive renaissance-style oil painting and traditional Chinese watercolor, the artists grapple with questions of good and evil, divinity and the true meaning of life.

New York resident Professor Zhang Kunlun, whose paintings and sculptures have appeared in Who’s Who in the World, brought together the collective of diverse artists following his detention as a prisoner of conscience in China for his practice of I – an ancient chinese tradition of meditation and self-improvement. United in their shared beliefs, the artists express both the beauty of living a spiritual life and the grim realities of persecution, ultimately leaving viewers with a sense of hope. (Joy Felix)


The exhibition is presented in collaboration with:

  • Zhen Shan Ren Arts (UK) (Charity Registration Number: 1141994)
  • Il Ponte (Italy) (Registration Number: 1966)
  • Italian Falun Dafa Association
  • European School of Economics
  • Il Bottaccio
  • Aria Art Gallery

With the Patronage of: Comune di Firenze
Recent media coverage: Ntdtv
Introduction video: View the video
York: View the video
The Epoch Times: Groundbreaking fine art lands in Georgian Scotland: View the page

Open to the public  July 1 – 18,2015
Daily 10:30am-1:30pm, 3:00am-7:30pm

Aria Art Gallery
Borgo SS. Apostoli, 40/r – Florence, ITALY


About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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