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THE ART OF THE BRICK, THE WORLD'S LARGEST DISPLAY OF LEGO® ART, COMING TO THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY, CHICAGO

CHICAGOThe Art of the Brick, a captivating exhibition featuring intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world, the LEGO® brick, opens at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) on February 10, 2022. The critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring pieces constructed using only LEGO bricks is created by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya

Designed to inspire ingenuity and creativity, The Art of the Brick is the world's largest and most elaborate display of LEGO art featuring more than 100 works. The exhibit features original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world's most famous masterpieces made exclusively from LEGO bricks like Van Gogh's “Starry Night” and Da Vinci's “Mona Lisa.” 

Guests can get up-close and in-person with the fan favorite, Yellow, a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity. In addition, guests can walk under a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton made out of bricks and come face-to-face with its giant LEGO skull.

The Art of the Brick takes LEGO somewhere you wouldn’t expect and shows you things you have never seen before,” said artist Sawaya. “The goal with this collection of art is to demonstrate the potential of imagination and the power of creativity.” 

The Art of the Brick is the first major museum exhibition to use LEGO bricks as the sole art medium. Sawaya transforms LEGO bricks into tremendous and thought-provoking sculptures, elevating the toy to the realm of art. Sawaya’s ability to transform this common toy into something meaningful, his devotion to spatial perfection and the way he conceptualizes action, enables him to elevate what almost every child has played with into the status of contemporary art. 

The exhibit runs through September 5, 2022. Tickets are $14 for adults and $11 for children (in addition to Museum Entry tickets) and are on sale now at msichicago.org/artofthebrick.  

About Nathan Sawaya and The Art of the Brick 

Former NYC corporate lawyer turned contemporary artist, Nathan Sawaya is the first artist ever to take the LEGO brick into the art world as a medium. Sawaya has earned a top position in the world of contemporary art and has created a new dimension by merging Pop Art and Surrealism in awe-inspiring and groundbreaking ways. Sawaya’s touring exhibition, The Art of the Brick®, has entertained and inspired millions of art lovers and enthusiasts around the world. CNN heralded The Art of the Brick is one of the top 10 “must-see exhibits in the world!" Sawaya is an author, speaker and one of the most popular, award-winning contemporary artists of our time. For more information visit www.brickartist.com.

About the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI)

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. From groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to hands-on opportunities that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Welcome to Science Initiative, the Museum offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to MSI’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! The Museum is grateful for the support of its donors and guests, who make its work possible. MSI is also supported in part by the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414.

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Artist Nathan Sawaya working in his studio.

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Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" is one of the art masterpieces re-imagined in LEGO bricks.

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Guests can get an up-close look at Michaelangelo's "David" sculpture in LEGO.

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The Art of the Brick also features original artwork by Nathan Sawaya.

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