An impressive exhibition opens today in the south of the city (near Amsterdam Zuid station): The Art of the Brick, hosted by Amsterdam EXPO, showcases more than seventy works of art – all made with LEGO bricks. The connection between something known as a kid’s toy and art might sound strange but nonetheless interesting. Over one million LEGO bricks were used to create this incredible exhibition, which includes life size human sculptures and even a six foot long T-Rex skeleton.
The artist behind each of the works is the American Nathan Sawaya. Formerly a lawyer, Nathan has been a fan of the world famous brick since his childhood, when he attempted his first creations. What was once just a hobby has become a successful full-time job and his outstanding pieces have already been shown across the world. The American TV channel CNN named “The Art of the Brick” as one of world’s 10 must-see exhibitions and it is also the first exhibition focusing exclusively on LEGO as an art medium.
Here, fine art and this ordinary toy mix even further: Nathan shows his take on classics such as The Thinker by Rodin, Mona Lisa by Da Vinci and Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. If you feel inspired, you can also make your own creations at the Interactive Zone as part of your visit. “The Artworks by Nathan Sawaya are unique and pleasing to the eye. He has elevated a toy to an art form, and thus inspiring people from all ages”, said Peter Tabernal, CEO of Amsterdam EXPO. “Nathan’s sculptures are stunning and excite everyone’s imagination”, he adds.
The Art of the Brick
Regular tickets are available from €16.
Gustav Mahlerlaan 24
1082 MC AMSTERDAM
Photos: Carolien Sikkenk, Photoline