Jansen's strandbeests move on their own through wind power (Photo: Maurice Haak / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Theo Jansen Exhibition

A special event at the Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art

Apr 24th
Jun 22nd
Jansen's strandbeests move on their own through wind power (Photo: Maurice Haak / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Venue: Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art When: Apr 24th - Jun 22nd 2021

A special exhibition taking place at the Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art looks at the works of Theo Jansen (1948 -), a Dutch artist who is renowned for his works made using PVC that are able to move on their own. Known as "strandbeests" (literally "beach animals" in Dutch), these unique creations were first made by Jansen back in 1990 and are powered by the wind.

The exhibition will display examples of these moving strandbeests, while exploring the connection that art has with both nature and science.

Adult admission to the event is priced at 840 yen, and advance reservations are required. Please visit the official event website to book your timeslot.

Getting there

The Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art is located around 15 minutes by taxi from the JR Kofu Station, which is served by the Chūō Main Line and the Minobu Line.

For those who plan to drive, the museum is a short drive from the Kofu Showa IC on the Chuo Expressway. Free on-site parking is available for over 300 vehicles.

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He's Dutch, I'm Dutch, yet I only know of him because I've seen scale models kits of his contraptions in Japan....
Kim Author a year ago
That's interesting to know - I think his creations are really unique so I'm surprised he doesn't have more of a presence over there!
Malcome Larcens a year ago
I remember watching the TED video, his contraptions are amazing and creepy at the same time. Would love to see the exhibit.
Kim Author a year ago
Amazing and creepy definitely sums it up! I find it incredible how lifelike the movements seem, like real animals!