The Lego exhibition The Art of the Brick is currently on at the V&A Waterfront. It’s open to all ages and celebrates the joy (and the art) that is Lego. (I still have all of mine from when I was a kid!) I went to explore the show in December and here’s what I found:
At first we didn’t know where to go! The invitation said the shed but there didn’t seem to be a direct door. Someone in the outside smoking section directed us and we found the door midway down in the shed. So don’t be alarmed if you can’t see it from the road.
There is a little arch way that welcomes you to the exhibition. It’s housed in a two story building that allows the visitor to pass through in darkened tunnels and stairwells.
While I always knew this would be for kids, I have to say it was rather different to what I had expected. In reality, it’s a very grown up exhibition and the only appeal, for kids, is that it’s made out of Lego. The reason why I say this is because so many of the art works have historical references which, as adults, we love. For example, famous artworks like Starry Starry Night (Von Gogh) or the Arnolfini Portrait (Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini).
You will have to brace yourself for lots of children though as many families are taking the time to enjoy the exhibition
let their kids run around and let everyone else babysit them. I’d recommend going in the evening when it may be a bit more quiet and you can take your time to visit.
There are a number of different types of ‘sculptures’at the exhibition. From free standing objects (like an apple and pencil) to actual sculptures (humans posting), famous artworks and animals (dinosaurs).
There’s also a video projected on the wall that I would suggest taking in, even if only for a few moments. It explains how the artist created many of the works. I tried myself at home and it’s definitely much harder than you think it’ll be!
Pop down to the Lego exhibition for a day of fun filled art. It’s a great family outing (I suggest families go in the morning) or couples outing (I recommend couples go in the evening when it’s quieter).