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Tattooed Mona Lisa and robot gum balls

A sexy Mona Lisa with a tattoo on her hip and a 200kg robot gum ball machine with wings are among the highlights of an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai.

The show "Stay Real Forever - Exhibition of an Innocent Age" features works by three Taiwan artists: Ashin, the pop icon of the famous pop band Mayday; graffiti creator KEA; and animamax (animation and comics) artist No2Good.

It runs through July 12.

The highlight of the exhibition is "Last One," an installation work by Ashin who creates a white robotic gum ball machine. The winged 200-kilogram machine is filled with identical white eggs, and a single blue egg at the very top. The blue egg is painted with clouds and sea.

"This small blue egg is like that most desired toy a kid wants, and that's the way we should view our Earth," says Ashin.

No2Good is the first generation of animamax artists in Taiwan, and his work features tiny mice in vibrant colors and distorted shapes.

KEA's work mocks young people who are blindly pursuing luxury brands. He takes the iconic image of the Mona Lisa and shows her lifting her dress to reveal a tattoo saying "KEA" on her hip. The enigmatic smile remains.

Date: through July 12 (closed on Mondays), 10am-5pm

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