Theo Jansen Exhibition

A special event at the Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art

Apr 24th
Jun 22nd
Venue: Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art When: Apr 24th - Jun 22nd 2021, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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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Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Sander van Werkhoven a month ago
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 month 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 month 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 month ago
Amazing and creepy definitely sums it up! I find it incredible how lifelike the movements seem, like real animals!