4.01.2015

TRAVEL DIARY: M50 AND MORE

For contemporary art appreciation, 50 Moganshan Road, also known as M50, is the place to see. On the way to this thriving art mecca, a long and winding graffiti wall reminiscent to Berlin's East Side Gallery greets art aficionados like me. The modern and statuesque buildings behind the artworks served as the perfect dramatic cityscape backdrop. Shanghai's art district houses more than a hundred Chinese artists whose studios are open for public viewing. Since I love modern art I can practically spend the entire day here browsing one gallery after another. A number of cafes and restos also can be found within M50. The first J Gallery concept store is located here as well. J Gallery impeccably mixes art and fashion. I was giddy to see a pretty decent selection of Barbara Bologna pieces from her Fall/Winter 2014 collection.

After seeing Shanghai's M50 and Beijing's 798 Art Zone, I am not surprised why China is quickly becoming a major player in the art world.