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MIMI The ClowN in Berlin

Praying Clown - Street Art by MIMI The ClowN in BerlinI saw a number of Street Art pieces by MIMI The ClowN in Berlin recently on Oranienstrasse during a wander around Kreuzberg.

I love the humour in the stencils with a predominantly black, white and red colour scheme.

Crouching Dog - Street Art by MIMI The ClowN in Berlin

Pants Down Guitar Playing Clown - Street Art by MIMI The ClowN in Berlin

Pants Down Mooning Clown - Street Art by MIMI The ClowN in Berlin

Unlike the rest of the pieces shown here, this last stencil was seen at the start of the year in Mitte and was the first time I became aware of MIMI The ClowN.  The photo was included in my Street Art – Jan 2012 gallery.

Clown with Carrot - Street Art by MIMI The ClowN in Berlin

This biography from his Facebook page, translated with the help of Google Translate (if any French speakers can point out any mistakes I’d be grateful) gives some insight into the artist’s motives:

Mimi the Clown, a French artist born in 1974, is the inventor of modern graffiti and was proclaimed ‘King of Graffiti’ by the Minister of Culture, whom he met at a festival in 2010.

A committed artist and provocateur he has repeatedly denounced the hypocrisy of those who govern us, the pervading sadness and a society of consumerism in which man finds himself enslaved, aware of his situation but caught in an endless loop.

Like all the other clowns he stands at every election and draws his energy from the younger generations for whom he often intervenes.

His influences extend through rock n roll to the circus arts.  His incisive stencils, mixing humour and politics are now known all over the world, and beyond, with numerous exhibitions and auctions dedicated to street art.

You can see more of MIMI The ClowN on his Facebook page, website and Flickr stream.  I hope to see more of his humorous Street Art in Berlin soon.

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4 Responses to MIMI The ClowN in Berlin

  1. martagajo 5 November, 2012 at 22:58 #

    Thank you for more Mimi The Clown information!!!!
    Enjoyed your post very much :)))

    • andBerlin 17 November, 2012 at 14:34 #

      Thanks for prompting me to write the post. I sometimes forget about all the photos I’ve taken. I hope that the couple you hadn’t seen before have stayed around long enough for you to see them in person.

  2. notmsparker 12 November, 2012 at 15:18 #

    Reblogged this on KREUZBERG´D and commented:
    Here is another great post from andBerlin: this time he took a tour of my “barrio”, looking for the street-art works of MIMI The ClowN, one of the best, funniest and most disturbing people ever to lay their hands on Kreuzberg´s walls.

    • andBerlin 17 November, 2012 at 14:36 #

      Thanks for the reblog. It’s always good to come across great Street Art and when a few pieces are placed close together as these were it’s just a bonus.

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