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“The art of the Brick” – Lego exhibition

"The art of the Brick" - Lego exhibition

The Art of the Brick- Lego  museum exhibition tour  North America, Asia and Australia and now… the Netherlands! The Art of the Brick makes a stopover in Amsterdam during its international tour to allow visitors to marvel at incredible original sculptures and re-creations made entirely out of LEGO blocks by American artist Nathan Sawaya.

The Art of the Brick artist: Nathan Sawaya

Nathan Sawaya worked as a successful lawyer on Wall Street, but years ago he hung his career on the willows to do what really makes him happy: making art with LEGO bricks.  The  artist uses the popular toy as an art medium and takes it to new heights. Sawaya transforms this common toy into something meaningful and elevates what almost every child has played with to the status of contemporary art.

Sawaya uses LEGO building blocks as his material of choice to create both abstract original sculptures and re-creations of masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa by Da Vinci, The Thinker by Rodin and the Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer. Using just about a million blocks, Sawaya has created more than 70 sculptures and has been exhibiting them all over the world since 2007.

The New York City-based artist has multiple unique exhibitions created solely from standard LEGO bricks with several new sculptures created specifically for each exhibition. Each show has countless colorful LEGO pieces which Sawaya has transformed into whimsical and awe-inspiring creations.

“These works are very personal to me, since they reflect my growth as an artist as I strove to discover my creative identity,” said Sawaya. “The museum exhibition is accessible because it engages the child in all of us while simultaneously illuminating sophisticated and complex concepts. Everyone can relate to the medium since it is a toy that many children have at home. But my goal with this exhibition, when it first debuted in 2007, was to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before.”

The exhibition at Amsterdam EXPO

In this great exhibition – proclaimed by CNN as one of the world’s 10 must-see exhibitions – you will see large-scale sculptures created from LEGO bricks. Many of which are human figures, but also a T-Rex skeleton constructed from over 80,000 LEGO bricks that measures over six metres in length.

The exhibition also includes some of the world’s most famous artworks from Da Vinci, Vermeer and Rembrandt in 3D, all created from LEGO.

The exhibition includes an Interactive Zone inviting younger (and older) visitors to explore their creativity using the iconic bricks.

Practical details of The exhibition at the Amsterdam EXPO

What: The exhibition at the Amsterdam EXPO shows 75 art pieces, all made by Sawaya.

When: from 29th May, Open daily: from Monday to Sunday, 9:00 – 18:00 (last admission at 17:00)

Where: Amsterdam EXPO, Gustav Mahlerlaan 24, 1082 MC

To purchase tickets, click here.

View the Sawaya’s works here.

(Sources: Brickartist.com, Amsterdam EXPO, Kampioen Magazine)

As we keep not one but 2 eyes open for you: now there is a Groupon deal with 34% discount,  entrance ticket for € 24,99 for 2 persons. To purchase the ticket via the Groupon deal, click here.

 

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"The art of the Brick" - Lego exhibition

Blue man and Nathan (Photo: Amsterdam Expo)

 

 

 

 

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Arianna was born in Rome, Italy and grew up mostly in Florence. When she was 18 years old she came to the Netherlands, where she remained till today. Arianna likes to make trips, discover Haarlem, taste good food, meet internationals and share experiences. Currently she is living with her hubby and 3 toddlers in one of the cutest little neighborhoods of Haarlem, de Vijfhoek.
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