Brick by interlocking brick

New GRAM exhibition features familiar childhood building blocks
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Photo courtesy of Grand Rapids Art Museum.

A new exhibition at Grand Rapids Art Museum centers around some familiar interlocking plastic bricks that kids of all ages can appreciate. “Brick by Brick: The Creative Art of LEGO,” which opens Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023 will show what amazing artists have done with these beloved building of childhood memories, and give people a chance to submit their own creations, too.

In partnership with Bricks & Minifigs, an aftermarket LEGO  toy shop specializing in only new and used LEGO items, ‘Brick by Brick’ is the first exhibition to debut in the Museum’s new experimental gallery space.

“LEGO building has long been beloved across generations for its ability to create connections and inspire imagination, and this exhibition couldn’t come at a better time as we launch the Museum’s new gallery space for play and experimentation, The Blank Space,” said commented GRAM Director and CEO Cindy Foley.

The gallery space is designed to activate visitors’ imagination and encourage play through engaging exhibitions and participatory activities. With The Blank Space, GRAM commits to experimentation and creativity while remaining responsive to our community.

Brick by Brick includes interactive and hands-on activities for guests to experience during their visit, including an interactive building area, a create-your-own mini-figure drawing activity, and a mini-figure scavenger hunt throughout the Museum.

As part of the celebration, members of the community are invited to enter their original creations in GRAM’s LEGO® Challenge to be featured on the Museum’s social media, as well as a chance to have their creation on display in GRAM’s galleries. Entries must be original and no larger than 14 x 14 x 14 inches. Selected entries from each category will be added to the galleries throughout the run of the exhibition. Adult submissions are due Nov. 17. Youth ages 17 and under must submit by Dec. 8. Entries built collaboratively as a family are due Jan. 5.

“We believe in the transformative power of creativity, play, and fun for all ages,” commented Bricks & Minifigs Grand Rapids owner Julia Petersen. “We hope to inspire Grand Rapids to more play and creativity through our piece, “Rainbow World,” which explores the fun of color and LEGO parts of all kinds. We love seeing community come together around LEGO, and can’t wait to see creativity and connectedness blossom through the upcoming exhibition at the GRAM!”

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