Turkey: Art of Zhen-Shan-Ren International Exhibition Moves Art Lovers in Ankara

The Art of Zhen-Shan-Ren International Exhibition was held at the Çankaya Municipality Contemporary Arts Centre in Ankara, Turkey, on December 24, 2018 through January 2, 2019. The paintings had a big impact on visitors, many of whom recorded their impressions in the exhibition guestbook.

A video of the exhibition was shown during the opening event on December 24. Many reporters from the local media attended and published news of the exhibition.

It was the first time that Serhat Taş had ever heard about Falun Dafa. He said he found the artworks “extremely impressive, striking, open, and conveying a feeling of humanness.” He said he hopes that the exhibition will be successful in “establishing and understanding Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, primarily in China and all over the world in the light of the Falun Dafa teachings.”


Serhat Taş shared his impressions of the artworks.


Another visitor, Serap, noted, “I first encountered Falun Dafa through this exhibition. I find the underlying philosophy of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance very powerful. It is surprising and quite sad there are so many incidents of persecution. Each of the paintings in the exhibition is like a photo frame, alive. I hope that goodness always results in goodness.”

Erdi and Ecem said they enjoyed the artworks very much. One of them noted, “The philosophies that underlie Turkish culture are close to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. They are worth knowing. Thanks for your work.”


Erdi and Ecem.


Another visitor wrote, “I really admire these artists’ works. They ‘painted the human soul’ with great skill and conveyed meaningful messages.”

Subutay Alptürk, who came to see the exhibition twice, wrote in the guestbook, “Let these principles come to life in our lives. Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance… We hope that our children remember them.”


Subutay Alptürk’s comments in the guestbook.


Several of the guests noted that visiting this exhibition on the last day of the year was a very different experience. Deniz Öztürk, like many other visitors, said that she had heard about Falun Dafa for the first time, and noted, “It might be the light my soul is searching for.”

A visitor who came to the exhibition by chance wrote that she was very impressed by the artworks.

Many journalists visited the exhibition from the opening onward. Sultan Yıldırım, who asked questions about the exhibition and about Falun Dafa, published “Art Festival at the Contemporary Arts Center” in a local newspaper.

A journalist from a foreign media interviewed practitioners and gathered detailed information about the exhibition. He filmed a short video for his media’s online newspaper. In the video, he presented a great deal of information about the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners in China.


Local media reported on the exhibition.


Hüseyin Bey tried the Falun Dafa exercises during the exhibition and said that they helped him relax, and that he enjoyed them very much.

People from ages 7 to 70 came to see the artworks. Sometimes, while their parents were studying the pictures, the children learned the exercises.

Kıymednur and Aslı, students in Ankara, stayed and visited with practitioners after viewing the artworks, and helped make origami lotus flowers as gifts for other visitors.

After a long absence, The Art of Zhen-Shan-Ren International Exhibition was held again in Ankara, making a big impact on those who viewed the works. The exhibition brings together the beauty of Falun Dafa meditation, Falun Dafa practitioners’ experiences of being persecuted in China, and their commitment to sharing the principles of the practice with the people of Ankara.

Many people showed their support for Falun Dafa by signing the petition demanding the prosecution of former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who initiated the persecution in 1999.