Multicultural Response to “The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren” Exhibit in Dobrich, Bulgaria
(Minghui.org) “The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren, (Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance) International Exhibition” was displayed in Dobrich, Bulgaria on April 17-27, 2018 to a tremendous public reception. Two extra days were added to the exhibition due to high demand. Dobrich was the second city to host the exhibition and its third Bulgaria location after being displayed at “Dvoretza” and the City Gallery in Balchik.
“The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren” was hosted by the University of Management in Dobrich. This allowed many international and culturally diverse college students and professors to enjoy the artworks. “A real fairy tale about our reality, told through the means of fine art,” described Mrs. Yurchenko, whose collaboration helped put the exhibition together. The exhibition drew the attention of many public figures, artists, and citizens.
Mr. Ivo Penchev, head of the Municipal City Council of Dobrich, hosted the opening ceremony. Mr. Sivkov, a former diplomat and Eastern culture expert, spoke at the ceremony as well. He shared excerpts from the biography of Professor Kunlun Zhang, who is the exhibit’s creator, and who as a Falun Gong practitioner was persecuted by the Chinese communist regime. Mr. Sivkov recalled events from the year 1990 when he visited Tiananmen Square with his family. Arriving at the world’s largest square, he found it dark and cold, perhaps due to the one-year anniversary since the tragic events which took place there on July 4, 1989.
Many visitors to the exhibition expressed their feelings about the artworks in the guestbook:
MD Draganov wrote that he was anticipating “The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren” with a great deal of interest and curiosity. Immersing himself in fine art, he sensed the spiritual peace of the East, the beauty, relaxation, and harmony. The emotions, caused by the exhibition were pleasant, but he was also disturbed by the inhuman treatment and persecution of the spiritual people in China. MD Draganov expressed his admiration for the human spirit’s ability to face and resist the evil forces, and to elevate.
Elina Yurcheno wrote, “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, streams from their hearts and souls, for their struggle with the lies, evil, and brutality. It's a real fairy tale about our reality, told through the means of fine art which is what the exhibition is, and more – Life Energy!
Three Vietnamese women studying in Bulgaria left inspired and impressed by the art, “Chinese culture is an amazing art, and I am glad to be here. It's a great exhibition.” “I have never seen those pictures before and it has helped me to explore and broaden my knowledge and horizons.”
An Afghani student described the exhibit as fantastic. Some of the reviews his co-students wrote included, “Splendid exhibition. Magnificent paintings with wonderful messages, emitting energy that is emotionally charged. We are happy to get a glimpse of this wonderful art that is inspiring, light, hopeful, and tranquil.”
A student from Moldova wrote, “This exhibit is amazing! The paintings are marvelous. I want to thank the organizers for sharing so many memories and pieces of art.”
“We are impressed by what we saw and what we heard from Ms. Ivelina Romanova. Wonderful exhibition,” wrote the seventh-grade class from “Dimitar Talev” School, in Dobrich.
“The Art of Zhen Shan Ren” was visited by many students and teachers from the city of Dobrich. Graduates of the Private High School for Tourism and Entrepreneurship “Rayko Tsonchev” also reflected on their impressions in the guestbook. They wrote, “This art exhibition is so unique and beautiful.” A group of students from Dobrich High School of Finance and Economics said they were very pleasantly surprised by the exhibition and expressed hope it would visit their town again. Three classes from Dimitar Talev Secondary School chose to visit the exhibition on their patron’s day. They received a list of questions to answer and discuss at school.
Mrs. Lalova from the women's club “Stay Forever Young and Inquiring,” visited the exhibition for a second time and shared, “What a deep philosophy that has been embedded into the exhibition’s theme. All images exude strong faith illuminated by the great principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. Such an upright spirit engulfs us and makes us reflect on the fact that today, more than ever that we need strong faith in order to walk the path of light, truth, love, and to live in peace.“
The exhibition was also visited by local yoga, tai-chi, qigong, and martial arts clubs.
No less memorable moment was the marriage ceremony of a local couple, who chose to tie the knot at the college. When they saw the “Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren” exhibit they said, “We are glad to have the opportunity to get married with this beautiful art exhibition as a backdrop.”
After Dobrich, “The Art of Zhen, Shan, Ren” continued to the cities of Burgas, Plovdiv, Varna, Stara Zagora, and Sofia.