THEO JANSEN

Born 1948 in Scheveningen, Netherlands

1968
Begins studying applied physics at Delft University of Technology

1975
Leaves his studies to become an artist

1980
UFO over Delft

1990 - present
Strandbeest project

2003 - 2006
Ypenburg project: setting up a laboratory on the noise barrier along the A13 motorway

2016
Participates in NASA brainstorming sessions on missions to Venus. Pasadena, CA, USA.

Honorary doctorate
2011, Concordia University, Montreal

Major lectures
2007 TED, Monterey, CA, USA; Academy of Sciences, New York

Columns
1984-1986 Column in Delta, Delft; 1986-2008 'Reflectie', a regular column in the national Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant

Awards
1994 Sandberg Prize (to encourage early-career artists), Amsterdam 1996 Max Reneman Prize; 1999 Delftse Momenten Prize; 2003 Witteveen+Bos Prize; 2015 Opline Prize, Bordeaux 2016 Award Barnet and Annalee Newman Foundation

Books
1992 Zogenaamd Ik (Bzztoh)
1996 Klimmen in de lucht (SUN)
2003 Strandbeesten van Theo Jansen (Ludion)
2014 Dream Machines by Theo Jansen, by Lena Herzog (TASCHEN)

Poems inspired by the strandbeesten
'Animari', Ivo de Wijs
'Dingen kunnen niet', Leo Vroman
'Animaris Sabulosa', Simon Vinkenoog
'Op een nieuwe Animaris Sabulosa', Kees Stip 'Best Strandbeest', Toon Tellegen
'Animaris ah nie meer is', Willem Peha 'Duinen', Peter Holvoet-Hanssen
'Wat nooit eerder gebeurd is', Rudy Kousbroek

Documentaries
2006 Strandbeesten, Alexander Schlichter
2015 A Boy's Dream, Cinta Forger & Walther Grotenhuis

Press coverage
2000 Debora MacKenzie, The New Scientist 2006 Lakshmi Sandhana, Wired
2011 Ian Frazier, The New Yorker
2014 Lawrence Weschler, The New York Times

Exhibitions
1974 Lutz Gallery, Delft
1981 Lijnbaancentrum, Rotterdam
1987 Signalementen, Stedelijk Museum Prinsenhof, Delft
1989 Inventieven, Stedelijk Museum Prinsenhof, Delft
1992 BMW Pavilion, The Hague; Wunderkammer, Arti et Amicitiae‚ Amsterdam
1994 AKINCI Gallery, Amsterdam; EUROPA 94, Munich; Mission Impossible, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
1995 Stroom, The Hague; Babbage’s Dream, CBK, Groningen; Magiorama, Groningen
1998 Wilhelminapier, Rotterdam; Galerie Maurits van de Laar‚ The Hague
1999 Panorama 2000, Centraal Museum, Utrecht
2003 Strandbeesten Theo Jansen, Kunsthal, Rotterdam
2005 ICA, London
2006 ETAT, Taipei, Taiwan
2007 Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA, USA; Reina Sophia Museum, Madrid
2009 Hibya, Tokyo; Walcheturm Gallery, Zurich
2010 Spacex, Exeter, UK; Science Museum, Seoul
2011 City Art Museum, Oita, Japan; Science Museum, Taipei; Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Darwin, Shrewsbury, UK
2012 Science Museum, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Federation Square, Melbourne, Technopolis, Buenos Aires; DordtYart, Dordrecht
2014 Electriciteitsfabriek, The Hague; Polytechnic Museum Moskou; Art Basel, Miami
2015 Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, USA; Cité des Sciences, Paris; Prefectural Art Museum, Nagasaki; Espacio Fundación Tefefónica, Madrid; Tamagawa Ennichi, Tokyo; Le Bord des mondes, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2016 Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, Belgium; Cultural Centre, Chicago; Exploratorium, San Francisco; Khazanah Nasional Museum, Penang, Malaysia; Heden, The Hague; Lobby, City Hall, The Hague; Museum Prinsenhof, Delft; Espacio Fundación Tefefónica, Lima, Peru