Premiere - A Boy's Dream
IDFA Amsterdam
Date: Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 19:30
Frederiksplein 52
1017 XN Amsterdam,
Chicago Cultural Center
Date: February 6 - May 01, 2016
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL
Exhibition Madrid
Date: October 22, 2015 - January 17, 2016
c/ Fuencarral 3, 28013, Madrid, SPAIN
Grand Exhibition
April 24 - May 6 2015
Location: Futako Tamagawa "GARELIA." Tokyo
September 19, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Dodge Gallery 2, East India Square, 161 Essex Street

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.
February 18 - May 17 2015
Paris, France
[At the Edge of the Worlds]

With: Laurent DEROBERT, Carlos ESPINOSA, Rose-Lynn FISHER, GAME OF STATES, Hiroshi ISHIGURO, Theo JANSEN, Jean KATAMBAYI, Kenji KAWAKAMI, Jesse KRIMES, Charlie LE MINDU, « Le Prince Noir », Bridget POLK, SAPEURS, Tomás Saraceno, ...
Answering Marcel Duchamp’s question: “Can one make works of art which are not 'of art'?”, the exhibition “Le Bord des Mondes” [At the Edge of the Worlds] explores the many fields of artistic creation and welcomes creative people from outside of the art world whose work would seem to belong to it through its depth, its beauty and its singularity. These artists – visionaries, experimenters, poets and pirates – reveal these unprecedented fields and defy limits.

Curated by Rebecca Lamarche Vadel
December 3-7, 2014
'STRANDBEEST: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen'

Location: Oceanfront, Miami Beach Drive between 21st and 22nd streets
Audemars Piguet and the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) present Theo Jansen's Strandbeests at Art Basel Miami Beach. From 3-7 December 2014, a clutch of Strandbeests, each with unique characteristics and histories, will inhabit a prominent stretch of the beach in Miami Beach. Daily, visitors will be able to meet Jansen as he leads his larger-than-life, wind-powered creatures in demonstrations along the beach. An accompanying installation features Jansen’s newest Strandbeests, including the 42-foot-long Animaris Suspendisse, as well as a reproduction of Theo Jansen’s workshop on the beach and an exhibition of Lena Herzog’s photographs of the Strandbeests.

The presentation at Art Basel in Miami Beach is a prelude to the first major U.S. tour of Jansen's Strandbeests, organized by PEM. Beginning in September 2015, the exhibition tour will kick off at PEM and make anticipated stops in San Francisco and Chicago. Learn more at

The Dream Machines
October 9 to December 7, 2014
Nagasaki Prefecture Art Museum

The exhibition will present large collection of Strandbeests, including animals and fossils. Besides, it will feature a new beast “Plaudents Vela”, which Theo has dedicated for this particular exhibition as a symbol of the Netherlands & Nagasaki friendly and long-term relationship.

Nagasaki Prefecture Art Museum

Organized by Nagasaki Prefecture Art Museum, Television Nagasaki Co., Ltd.

Paris, Moscow

Two exhibitions in Europe are scheduled in coming months:
1. Paris
Art Robotique at Cité des sciences et de l’industrie Paris
from April 8, 2014 to January 4, 2015
Exhibits will include Animaris Umerus, Animaris Adurali & Animaris Ordis Longus

2. Moscow
The Polytechnic museum
Kinetic sculptures by Theo Jansen from May 24 to July 20, 2014
Invited by Russian Federal Space Agency, full-scale exhibition will be held featuring large walking
animals and various fossils.

Animaris Rinoceros Transport
Sunday May 18, 2014
The Animaris Rinoceros Transport will walk in Amsterdam.

Het beest gaat los...
Strandbeest Exhibition
March 14 - May 3, 2014
Open Friday Saturday Sunday: 2 PM - 22 PM
De Constant Rebecqueplein 20 2518 RA Den Haag Holland


We will place seven beach animals, some of which may be moved. I also will show the new beast: Animaris Suspendisse (10 x 4 meters and 4 meters high). I am working on this animal to get it ready for the beach after the exhibition mid-May. A vast sand layer forms the workplace to try the new beast.

On the first floor is a historical overview of the evolution and the making of the animals. It will be a palaeontological field with fossils. Film, photographs and video footage will explain the genesis. The turbine has a huge industrial raw environment (40x60 meter and 38 meter high) to present a production in a factory option monumental work sober and clear: a laboratory, an archive and a production line.

In de turbinehal van de Electriciteitsfabriek te Den Haag plaatsen wij zeven strandbeesten, waarvan een aantal voortbewogen kan worden. Ook laat ik het nieuwe dier de Animaris Suspendisse (10 x 4 meter and 4 meter high) zien. Dit dier ben ik aan het klaar maken voor de strandgang na de tentoonstelling half mei. Een uitgestrekte zandlaag vormt de werkvloer om het nieuwe beest uit te proberen. Op de eerste etage wordt een historisch overzicht getoond van de evolutie en het maakproces van de dieren aan de hand van een paleontologisch veld met fossielen. Film, foto’s en video materiaal lichten de ontstaansgeschiedenis toe.

De enorme turbinehal (40x60 meter en 38 meter hoog) heeft de mogelijkheid in een industriële, rauwe omgeving het monumentale werk sober en helder te presenteren, als een productieproces in een fabriek: een laboratorium, een archief en een productielijn.


Event Information

Opening, Feb 5 | 4 pm - 9pm
Feb 6 | 1pm - 9pm
Feb 7 | 1pm - 9pm
Feb 8 | 1pm - 9pm
Feb 9 | 1pm - 10pm
Feb 10 | 1pm - 6pm

Presentations of the Adulari Siamesis by Theo
Tuesday Febr 5 | 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm 8.30 pm
Wednesday Febr 6 | 4 pm, 6 pm 8:45 pm
Thursday Febr 7 | 4 pm, 6 pm 8:45 pm
Friday Febr 8 | 4 pm, 6 pm 8:45 pm
Saturday Febr 9 | 4 pm, 6 pm
Sunday Febr 10 | 2 pm, 4 pm

The Adulari Siamesis, that's the beast which Theo will show in the Warehouse. It is a twin animal. The two beasts that hold each other so, they will not be blown over on the beach. Those two animals are completely different. One is specialized in propulsion (many sails); the other is the bottle carrier and controls all the senses. They are connected like a siamese twin and live in symbiosis with reach other. It feels the water and the fluffy sand and reacts on it.
Airing of the documentary on CBS Sunday Morning.
Sunday December 2 2012
September 24 5pm 2012
September 25 5pm 2012
September 26 5pm 2012

Try out the herd of Animarae Adulari.
Theo has been working on a herd of six animals in the summer. The Animaris Adulari is relatively small, five meters long and three meters high. It can survive strong winds. It has a wagging neck and a wagging tail. Theo tries to use the wagging movement to steer the animal. If the wind is 3bfrt or stronger, it will walk on the wind.

Go to the Markenseplein in Den Haag and take the footpath into the dunes (close to Snackcar Melissa)… follow that path to the beach Strandslag 10 (go straight, don't take the path to the right) Ones on the beach, go to the left 200 m. Look for a yellow Beach Restaurant named De Fuut

By public transport.
Take the tram 12 (dir. Duindorp) on railway station Den Haag HS (Hollands Spoor) and go to the end of the line (Markenseplein).
Big Traveling Exhibition
June 21 till August 26 2012
Kaohsiung Science Museum
Kaohsiung Taiwan
Tecnópolis 2012, Buenos Aires, Argentina
July 6 to October 8, 2012
Animaris Umerus, Animaris Ordis Mutantis & Animaris Rigide Properans
"Tecnópolis" is the largest exhibition of art, science and technology of Latin America.
Groupexhibition DordtYart
April 14 -October 1 2012
Animaris Ordis (2x2x2 m), Animaris Mutantis (2x2x3 m) , Animaris Vermiculus (0.5x5x0.5 m) + Video Panorama.
Maasstraat 11
3313 CR Dordrecht
February 1 to 26, 2012
Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia
Animaris Umerus & Animaris Ordis Mutantis in the Main Square Fossils in The Atrium.
from 1st December 2011 till 29th February 2012.
July 9th till Sep 30th 2011
Oita City Art Museum
865 Ueno Oita City Oita Prefecture Japan
link to the exhibiton
tel: +81 97 554 5800
100,000 nst visitor Mr Nagano from Oita Godo Press welcoming the 140,800 nst visitor
Try out of Animaris Gubernare Adoloscens. Only when the wind is not stronger than 6 on the scale of Beaufort (cancelation will be announced on this website) Location: Strandpaviljoen De Fuut silent beach south of the harbor of The Hague (Den Haag) 250 m left of strandslag 10
Gubenare September 29 from 3pm -5pm 2011
September 30 from 3pm -5pm 2011
October 2 from 3pm -5pm 2011
Animaris Gubernare received two external wind stomachs. They roll in front of the beast, so it doesn't have to carry them. This saves a lot of weight. Also I have been working this summer on a new drive system which allows this animal to walk on the fluffy sand.
Theo Jansen will be working on the beach of Den Haag Holland from the beginning of August till the end of September 2011.
The Animaris will get an external wind-stomach.The stomach (PET-Bottles) will be rolling in front of the beast. In this way the beast doesn't have to carry the wind-stomach and it will save a lot of weight. The external wind-stomach can also serve as an anchor. Try outs will take usually during weekdays. Theo will be working near De Fuut. You are free to visit but Theo cannot promise he will be there. When he is there he will have a few minutes for you.
"STRANDBEESTEN" documentary by Alexander Schlichter takes part in the BIO:FICTION SCIENCE, Art and Film Festival.
You could watch the whole movie at:
And please vote for this movie.
June 22 2011 Convocation ceremony honorary doctorate
June 14 to July 31, 2011 Exhibition Animaris Umerus
Capitale régionale de la Culture Le 360"
360 Bd du Maréchal Juin
Béthune, France
May 12 2011 Lecture Badgast @ FAST strandweg 1
Scheveningen Holland
May 27 to 29 2011 Try Out Animaris Gubernare
Last week he put the first steps on the beach with disastrous results. He collapsed utterly. The cause is in my opinion overweight. Yesterday I got a great idea to obesity to tackle the so-called mini-ski pole. Next Thursday through Sunday will these new findings showing on the beach at the beach Pavillion De Fuut on the beach south of the harbor at Scheveningen. I can not run the entire Gubernare but pieces beast. In the coming months, I work on the beach with a well-functioning Gubernare."

- Theo Jansen, 24 May 2011

Strandpaviljoen De Fuut silent beach south of the harbor of The Hague (Den Haag) 250 m left of strandslag 10
May 27 from 4pm -7pm *** Canceled due to very strong wind ***
May 28 from 7pm -9pm *** Canceled due to very strong wind ***
May 29 from 7pm -9pm
Demonstration of parts of the new beast Animaris Gubernare (steerable strandbeest)
Only when the wind is not stronger than 6 on the scale of Beaufort (cancelation will be announced on this website)
April 2 - May 1, 2011
Theo Jansen University. GALERIE AKINCI
Lijnbaansgracht 317
1017 WZ Amsterdam
tel +31(0)20 6380480
fax +31(0)20 6386485
Small exhibition of followers of the strandbeest project (Ad Lakerveld, Tim van Bentum, Bo Janzen, Gakken), including beasts printed by a 3d-printer.
Exhibition - 2010 December 9 - 2011 February 14
Exhibition Maraikan Museum Tokyo - recorded 46,000 visitors
Parklezing - November 24 2010 (8pm)
Lecture Alphen aan de Rijn The Netherlands
June 12 - Oktober 17 2010 (2pm-4pm)
Opening ceremony exhibition Seoul Korea