Contemporary Street Art covers a whole area in Shanghai

Unlike Paris and New York, generally speaking graffiti is not a usual sighting on the streets of Asia. With the exception of a few solitary tags in northern Shanghai, but that’s about it.  Murals however are totally legal, and even lauded as works of art.

Not far from the river, Moganshan Lu is an absolute must in contemporary art circles. An area of dilapidated warehouses has been transformed over the last 15 years into artists’ studios. From industry to personal expression. From grey to colour.

Formerly underground, today this hub is very popular among students, young couples and amateur photographers, and showcases a particularly rich palette of contemporary creativity in Shanghai. But not only that. In an enormous complex known as M50, taken from 50, Moganshan Street, around a hundred galleries present art in every shade and tone. Traditional Chinese paintings are shown alongside German photography or the Singaporean experience, while outside, creativity lives and breathes and raises a smile among those strolling through the streets - on every wall, layer upon layer of audacious graffiti imparting a stroke of warmth to the city.

Journey of discovery | Published on: 11 December 2012
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