Berlin in a nutshell. Street artist and musician Jim Avignon showed his exhibition “Small World Big Cities” at MaHalla. Stage designs on display at a unique event location. And those who hadn’t seen the conceptual artist with his one man band Neoangin yet, could now watch him live painting. To the beat of the music and surrounded by art lovers.
Although working speed and style of his early pieces resemble street art, the works of Jim Avignon have long outgrown the streets and clubs of Berlin. As if somebody pushed the fast forward button a hundred years ago. And German expressionists meet at the famous Factory in New York. Or at Andy Warhol’s Garden Party, as one of the paintings is called.
Indeed, MaHalla is a huge industrial building. In the early 20th century it housed the first three-phase turbine in Germany. Only recently, photographer and filmmaker Ralf Schmerberg turned it into a cultural project in the spirit of the post-reunification of the artistic free spaces in Berlin.
If you didn’t have the opportunity to visit Jim Avignons exhibition, keep an eye open for the next stop on his never ending tour. The works of “Small World Big Cities” are not for sale. Only the painting that Jim Avignon did live in front of the audience was sold at the end of the day.