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.
Audemars Piguet is the national sponsor for Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen.
Mondriaan Fund provided generous support for the exhibition.
The AMG Foundation and Eaton Vance Management sponsored the exhibition.
The Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York and Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation also provided support.
Strandbeest is made possible in part by supporters of PEM's Present Tense Initiative: Terry and Dick Albright, Dick and Deborah Carlson, Mr. Alfred D. Chandler III and The Reverend Susan Esco Chandler, and Fay Chandler. The East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum also provided support. Additional support for educational programs provided by Applied Materials Foundation.
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Watch this CBS News segment which captures all the spirit and wonder of Theo's kinetic sculptures and his exhibition here at PEM.