M50, short for the address, 50 Monganshan Road, is a contemporary art district in Shanghai that houses over a hundred and twenty artists and studios open to the public. The art district was started in an abandoned mill in 2000, fueled by the cheap rent of the unused industrial space. M50 has spread to take over several factories and warehouses, converted into studios, galleries, and other art-related businesses.
Wandering through the complex, I stick my head into several galleries and see the expansive and varied collection of art.
Outside, artists have painted the walls along the street and on the construction wall a few blocks away.
And, not all neighbors are pleased!
After wandering through the studios and galleries, I head along Suzhou Creek back to People's Square, enjoying the beauty and calm of the path and gardens in the middle of this large city.