Theo Jansen

Sat. 15 Apr. 2023 - Sun. 25 Jun. 2023

Admission Fee:
Adults: JPY 1,200 (JPY 960)
University Students: JPY 850 (JPY 680)
High School Students and Below: Free
*Discounted prices in parenthesis are groups of 20 members or more. *Admission is free for annual pass holders. *Free admission is extended to following individuals and one companion: those folding physical disability, rehabilitation, or mental disability certificates, people with wounded veteran or atomic bomb survivors' certificates, and residents aged 65 and over Kochi Prefectural or Kochi City senior citizen passes.

Organizers: The Museum of Art Kochi, Kochi Sun Sun Broadcasting

Supporters: Kochi Prefectural Board of Education, Kochi City Board of Education, The Kochi Shimbun, Kochi Cable Broadcast, FM Kochi Broadcasting, Kochi City FM

Collaborators: Gakken Inc., Media Force Ltd., Gakken Educational Co., Ltd.


The Strandbeest walks across the shoreline, propelled and animated by wind. Known as beach animals in his native Dutch, these Strandbeests are a project the Netherland sculptor Theo Jansen began working on in 1990. The lifeforms born from plastic tubes and plastic bottles are capable of walking, changing direction, and sensing danger, and they continue to evolve to adapt to various environments. Based on physics principles, the Strandbeest's movements are organic as it straddles the line between artistic and scientific, opening our eyes to new possibilities.

At this first exhibition of Theo Jansen's work in Shikoku, draw nearer to the fascinating world Jansen seeks to create. See the genealogical evolution of the Strandbeests, videos, wooden models and parts of former beasts, sketches drawn by Jansen himself, and the tools he used to create the beach animals.

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Staff operate and move the Strandbeests!

On every exhibition day except Mondays

*No Reservation Required

Weekdays: 10:0011:0013:0014:0015:0016:00

Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays: 9:3010:3011:3013:0014:0015:0016:00

*These times may be subject to change and will be updated as necessary.

Teachers’ Week (reservation required)

From May 21 to 27, teachers (including non-art teachers) may view both the main exhibition and this collection exhibition for free by making a reservation. For schools that are interested in organizing a school event, please consult the museum.

Dates: Sunday, May 21 - Saturday, May 27

Reservations: Call 088-866-8000 (9:00-17:00) by Saturday May 20

Artist Profile

Theo Jansen

Theo Jansen was born in 1948 in Scheveningen, the Netherlands. After majoring in physics at Delft University of Technology, he turned his attention to art in 1975. He began working on the animals that move by wind power, the Strandbeests, in 1990. Fusing art and science in his various pieces, Theo Jansen is known as a modern-day Leonardo Da Vinci.


Animaris mulus /2017


Animaris Percipiere Primus / 2006


Animaris Ordis / 2006


(c) Theo Jansen

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