Theo Jansen, Animaris Siamesis (2009)

Scheveningen beach, The Netherlands. Photo © Lena Herzog

Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen

On view September 19, 2015 to January 3, 2016

Located in the: Dodge Gallery 2

PEM presents the first major American exhibition of Theo Jansen's famed kinetic sculptures. Dynamic and interdisciplinary, Jansen's Strandbeests ("beach animals") blur the lines between art and science, sculpture and performance. The exhibition celebrates the thrill of the Strandbeests' unique locomotion as well as the processes that have driven their evolutionary development on the Dutch seacoast. The kinetic sculptures are accompanied by artist sketches, facilitated demonstrations of the creatures' complex ambulatory systems, a hall of "fossils" as well as photography by Lena Herzog.

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Mondriaan Fund provided generous support for Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. This exhibition is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. Strandbeest is also made possible in part by supporters of PEM's Present Tense Initiative: Mr. Alfred D. Chandler III and The Reverend Susan Esco Chandler, and Fay Chandler. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum also provided support.


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