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 September 5, 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.


Peabody Essex Museum | Salem, MA | September 19, 2015–January 3, 2016

Chicago Cultural Center | Chicago, IL | February 6–May 1, 2016

Exploratorium | San Francisco, CA | May 27–September 5, 2016