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“A good afternoons stroll through China's contemporary art”
Review of M50 Creative Park

M50 Creative Park
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$61.54*
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Private Contemporary Art Walking Tour in Shanghai
Ranked #43 of 1,345 things to do in Shanghai
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Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

There is a lot to see here. Ranging from ceramics, oils, sculpture and photographic work. Most artist are from China but there are a couple of international artists on show as well.
The structure is that of a converted industrial building now divided up into small studios and ally ways.
I was there on a Sunday and it was not very busy so it was a relaxing walk with a good coffee shop ending
If you also like modern graffiti work then turn right out of the park and you will find a long wall with many different tags and some being painted live which is fun to watch
The only down side seems to be the prices though most studios are open to haggling

Thank mvr
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We visited this 'art district' twice during our latest visit to Shanghai. The first time we went quite early in the morning, to avoid the heat of the middle of the day, but many of the galleries were closed, so we came back another day in the afternoon. I would strongly advise an afternoon visit rather than going in the early morning (pre 10am) if you want to actually visit the galleries. The site is a short taxi ride north of the city centre. It cost us about 25 RMB to get there from Henan road near the Bund. Plus there are plenty of passing taxis so it is easy to flag one down to get back into the city. The road leading into the site has some great graffiti along a large wall for about 200m. If you are interested in that sort of thing then when you leave it is worth walking along this road to take in the graffiti before you jump into a passing taxi and return to the city. The site itself is an old factory complex that has been taken over by about 50-100 small to medium sized galleries. There are no really big display spaces. Most galleries are filled with contemporary (post 1990s) art, but there is also a mix of more traditional stuff, some furniture places and an enormous ceramics gallery. There is a lot of art and ceramics to see much of which is on sale, at prices that range from good value to outrageously expensive. It is a nice place to wander around for half a day, particularly if you like the contemporary art scene. My biggest disappointment was that this was billed on the internet as the Shanghai equivalent to the 798 art district in Beijing. Put bluntly It isn't anywhere near as good. First, the complex is very small. I would guess it is about 1/10th the area of the 798 art district. You could not spend more than half a day here unless you spent a lot of time in every gallery. Second, there are only 3 cafes in the whole place, and hence it is completely devoid of a 'cafe culture'. I would have quite liked to sit outside, sip on a coffee or a beer and watch the world roll by, an activity that makes the 798 art district so popular. No chance. Third, when we visited (on a saturday morning and a sunday afternoon - so not times one would anticipate as 'off peak') there was virtually no-one else there - so even if there had been a cafe or five with seats available outside to people watch - there were no people to watch anyway. Maybe the site is more populated when it is cooler, and on the plus side the art on show is really interesting, but overall it was a bit of a let down. Nice, but it could be so much better. Come on Shanghai, get your act together, Beijing really puts you to shame on this one.

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

50 Mogashan Road, redeveloped a large old factory building in the city. Many galleries and artists' studios, design studios and also some other things. We have seen many excellent contemporary Chinese art, including fine paintings, beautiful pottery and original photo / video art. The complex was unfortunately not fully occupied and not all the galleries / workshops were open. Unfortunately there were not many visitors, 50 Mogashan Road deserves much more attention.

1  Thank Frans v
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

This is an art precinct not far from the city centre which has numerous galleries displaying some of the very best contemporary chinese artists' work as well the work of emerging artists. Definitely worth a look.

Thank Jacinta B
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Similar to Beijing's Art Zone, this converted industrial area is full of galleries with paintings, sculptures, ceramics, furniture, jewelry, and installation art. Great to browse and see but if you want to buy a piece you will need a very healthy bank balance. A little out of the way but worth a look if only to see what you can't afford!

Thank MattwalesNorthWales
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